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When It’s Real by Erin Watt #Review @authorerinwatt

When It’s Real by Erin Watt #Review @authorerinwattWhen It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 416
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four-stars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

I am a total YA/NA junkie, and this book certainly gave me a fix! It’s not a friend to lover book, but more of a teenage crush turned loathing turned to interest and then love. WHEW! Oakley has the world in the palm of his hand after having found fame, but at the same time, he’s lost himself and his voice. Enter partying, drinks, and girls. So now it’s time to turn his life around. The best way to do it is to find normal, but’s what’s normal anyway?

Well, according to the label, normal is Vaughn Bennett. She’s the ticket to reforming Vaughn, and maybe, just maybe, she’s might also help Oakley find what he lost.

There is the perfect level of angst and drama to keep you glued to the book. And chemistry, man, these authors get the chemistry right between the two characters. In the beginning, I wanted to hate Oakley (he does come off as a bit of a pr*ck), but the good in him just needed the right person to force an appearance.

These two authors did an amazing job blended their voices to write a highly addictive set of characters and plot. I hope they’ll collaborate again in the future!

four-stars

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Prison.

The place where dreams fade and hope dies.

That’s what it’s meant for the five years that Garrett has been behind bars. But now hope is on the horizon and he’s daring to dream again: small dreams, small hopes.

Getting his GED would be a start. If only his prison-appointed teacher Miss Ella Newsome wasn’t so damn sexy.

As Garrett and Ella start to play a dangerous game, the price could be higher than either of them have guessed.

This story first appeared in the anthology HOT FOR TEACHER in 2016. It has since been extended with new scenes, more heartache and even more heat.

Excerpt

 

At the end of a long, exasperating day where nothing seemed to go as I wanted, I was happy to shake Nottoway dust from my shoes and head out for a drink with my best friend Becky.

“How’s it going in stir, sista?” she asked in her best Orange is the New Black impression.

“Fine,” I mumbled.

“Fine as in I-broke-both-my-legs-but-don’t-worry-about-me fine, or fine as in today-sucked-ass-and-I’m-feeling-sorry-for-myself?”

“Probably the latter,” I said, unable to stop a tired smile appearing on my face.

“Come tell Aunty Becky all about it, but not before you’ve had at least one Mimosa.”

“Honestly, I don’t really feel like drinking. I’ll just get all weepy and mopey.”

She shook her head and pushed a glass toward me.

“So get weepy and mopey. How’s it going with Mr. Hottie-con?”

“He’s … doing well. He makes a great teacher’s aide—better than I could have hoped. The other prisoners go to him in between classes. They’re all making so much progress.”

“That’s good then.”

“Yes.”

“And?”

“And nothing.”

“So, you’re not fantasizing about the length of his … parole?”

“Becky!”

“I’m right, aren’t I? You’re totally crushing on your jailbird boy toy.”

“He’s 30. And he’s not my boy toy.”

“But you’d like him to be?”

I took a slug of Mimosa, tossing it back like I was doing shots. Then my head dropped to my hands and I let out a groan.

“Oh my God, Becky! He’s the hottest guy I’ve ever met. Handsome, sexy, total brooding bad boy. But sweet, too. How can an ex-thief be sweet? And I don’t even know if he’s an ex-thief—not really. And when he looks at me, all dark and intense … and I haven’t had a boyfriend since Nathan. I haven’t even had a date. And now my B.O.B. needs new batteries.”

She choked on her drink then burst out laughing.

“There’s no harm in having a little down time thinking about doing the nasty with a hot felon. As long as that’s all it is.”

I sighed. Becky knew me too well.

“I like him.”

She screwed her eyes shut.

“Oh glory, I was afraid of that. You’re so predictable, El. You see something broken and you want to fix it. It’s admirable in the right circumstances, but this isn’t one of them.”

“I know. I know you’re right, but it’s chemistry, or magnetism, or pheromones, or…”

“Lust?”

I looked down at the drink in my hands.

“Honey, the guy is hot and off-limits and the original bad boy. Of course you’re lusting after him. Just promise me that you won’t do anything stupid.”

“As if!” I huffed.

“Hmm, well, tell me this. If he was paroled tomorrow, would you date him? Introduce him to me? To the rest of your friends? Would you take him home to meet your parents? Can you honestly see a future with an ex-con?”

I shook my head.

“I’m his teacher. Nothing is going to happen.”

But the truth was, it already had. I was falling for Prisoner 97813. It was reckless and stupid, maybe even dangerous.

And I couldn’t stop myself.


This story first appeared in the anthology HOT FOR TEACHER in 2016. It has since been extended with new scenes, more heartache and even more heat.

About the Author

Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )

#BlogTour ~ Chance At Redemption ( Madison Square #3) by Samatha Harris ~ #4StarReview #Giveaway @samathaharris08 @XpressoTours

#BlogTour ~ Chance At Redemption ( Madison Square #3) by Samatha Harris ~ #4StarReview #Giveaway @samathaharris08 @XpressoToursChance at Redemption by Samatha Harris
Series: Madison Square #3
Published by Limitless Publishing on May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…
Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…
Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.
Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…


Chance at Redemption (Madison Square #3)Chance at Redemption by Samatha Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chance at Redemption is a fun opposites attract/ boss & employee romance. The 3rd in the Madison Square series catches us up with Liam Sinclair, brother and bar co-owner to Madison of Choosing Happy. It’s Madison’s decision to hire Gwendolyn, a newly cut-off poor little rich girl, that shakes up Liam’s world.

Gwen is not the most likable or empathetic character, not at first. Harris does a great job painting her as a shallow and self absorbed girl who immediately gets dubbed as “princess” by Liam. But is she beyond redemption? She brings with her some drama that might make you think so, and she immediately manages to get under Liams’ skin. It took me a while to warm up to her as she remains petulant and a bit hoity-toity considering her circumstances. Liam’s been contending with his very own family issues with regards to career expectations so they are able to relate on this level as well. As it is Liam provides support and encouragement and bridges the gap between them. The quickly budding relationship is fueled by strong physical desire and an emotional connection to match this passion.

Gwen’s transformation may be prompted by her father and further inspired by Liam.
I adore Liam for being accepting and open minded, but he isn’t always convinced that Gwen’s changed her ways. There’s a slight bit of angst, activities that drives a wedge between them and test their faith in each other. All in all, this is an enjoyable and easy read. The writing flows, their connection is well depicted and in the end I found myself really rooting for them.

~Review by Cyndi

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About Samatha Harris

Samatha ÔÇ£SamÔÇØ Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.


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four-stars

#NewRelease ~ Open Hearts by Eve Dangerfield~ #5++StarReview #NewFavorite @Eve_Dangerfield

Open Hearts by Eve Dangerfield
on April 25th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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five-stars

Ash Bennett’s had enough. She’s not wasting any more time longing for Prince Charming and getting stuck with Prince 'Babe, What’s For Dinner?'
If she can’t find a respectable, self-sufficient man to start a family with she’ll just do it by herself. It's better than pinning all your hopes on a guy who's never going to make you happy. Take Dean Sherwood, sure he’s stupid hot but that doesn’t pay the bills or remember to pick you up from the airport. No, they’re just having a little fun until Ash can find a donor. Right?
If only it was that easy...

Everyone loves Dean. He’s easygoing, a great footballer and always up for a beer or sixteen. He also has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel on MDMA, but that’s never been a problem where the opposite sex is concerned. At least it wasn’t until he met Ash. Beautiful, driven and wild in bed; she's all he's ever wanted in a wife.

Unfortunately, he's far from what she wants in a husband, what with his perpetually empty bank account and inability to cook anything other than bacon. When she tells him he’s not baby-daddy material, Dean vows to become the man she needs, whatever it takes.

Open Hearts is the sequel to Locked Box. It features angst, bogans, hot sex, naked snowboarding and the triumphant return of Max and Julia who are dealing with a romantic dilemma of their own.


Open HeartsOpen Hearts by Eve Dangerfield
My rating: 5++ of 5 stars

Let me start this review by proclaiming that Open Hearts is a heartfelt and delightful read that had me smiling and tearing up. Sometimes at the very same time. Even a few weeks after finishing it I feel a rush of warmth just thinking about it. Dean and Ash truly got under my skin, in the very best ways.

Ash and Dean have rich backstories making for a plot that is fun, sexy and romantic. Dangerfield’s writing is balanced by a whimsical delivery and a thoughtful reflection. It’s a captivating story showcasing both clever inner dialogue and witty conversations between Dean, Ash, Ashs’ sister Julie, and her significant other Max from (Locked Box.)

I liked Ash from the start as it’s easy to empathize with her predicament. She’s focused on the goal of becoming a mother, with or without a day to day partner helping to raise a child. She’s not made the best choices when it comes to men so when she begins contemplating the best way to achieve this, her life gets a bit a lot more complicated. She’s also faced with a interesting proposition and an even more interesting fling with Dean. As surely as Dean starts to work his way into Ash’s life, her walls go up.

So now I expound on my crush on Dean. Lordy do I love Dean. Dangerfield captures the smallest things, his inner thoughts, and shows us who Dean is. His thoughtful and sweet nature stole my breathe:

“He’d sent her a picture of the sunrise , accompanied by the caption: made me think of you. Because it’s so pretty, not because you’re orange or anything.
Ash stared at the picture and felt the ridiculous urge to cry. He wasn’t asking her for a date, or a chance to finish what they started in the bathroom at Julia’s game launch. He’d just sent her a picture because…
“Because he likes me,” she whispered. “He likes me.”

Clearly this isn’t something Ash is used to. Just being liked. But how or why would she even fight that? Well, Ash has some emotional baggage and some preconceived notions about who Dean is and that holds her back.

As we learn more about him, as his story unfolds, it’s evident just how wonder this “Ginger beauty” is. He’s had a rough life, he’s generous and had people take advantage of him, but he’s inspired to take more control (or in Ash’s case, to give up some control). Dean may be seen as a “simple” man, but he’s not stupid. He may talk like a dork, say exactly what’s on his mind in a way that makes you question his intelligence, but it’s short sighted to see him this way. Jeez, I’m defending him. And another thing…the man’s fascination with the Princess Bride is cleverly worked in. There’s so many many reasons why I love Dean.

All in all, I love how the story plays out, how Ash figures out what she really feels and allows herself to go there:

“Clearly this man was her kryptonite , and as Dean snored softly behind her, Ash tried to work out why.”

It’s a battle and there are some tear inducing moments, but only because these characters came alive for me. As book boyfriends and couples go, these two rank up in the top echelon. I wholeheartedly recommend this 5++ star read. It’s a book I already want to re-read and that says it all – well, all because Dean just makes me smile.

~Review by Cyndi


About Eve Dangerfield

Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels ever since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own unapologetically sexy tales about complex young women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her sister and a zen-like rabbit named Billy. When she's not writing she can usually be found drinking, dancing or making a mess. Often all at once. Calling her an author will get you kissed*

*circumstances are subject to change.

five-stars

#CoverReveal The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise #Giveaway @ilsamaddenmills @AuthorTLouise

by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Tia Louise
Genres: Contemporary Romance

One Uptight Reporter.

One Ex-NFL Star.

Too Much Fireball.

The Last Guy is a new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills & International Selling author Tia Louise.  Meet Cade Hill on June 12th!

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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and international bestselling author Tia Louise…

The first rule of office romance is don’t do it—especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired.

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things.

Sex in his office…

Sex in the on-set kitchen…

Sex in the supply closet…

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets—except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge…ego.

He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with.

Cade Hill draws a thick professional line on office romance—until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives.

It’s just a hook-up, she says.

When can we do it again? he says.

With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her he’s the last guy she’ll ever want.

THE LAST GUY is the first white-hot CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC COMEDY from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise. It features Fireball-fueled hookups, Doritos Locos Tacos, attack monkeys, toddlers in tiaras, and one fabulous drag queen. Prepare for frantic clicking (or page flipping!) and smoking-hot sexytimes all the way to the out-of-this-world happily-ever-after.

About The Authors

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and the “Queen of Hot Romance” Tia Louise are not a secret duo, but simply themselves.

Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life, they’ve teamed up to bring you laugh-out-loud naughty romances with strong leading ladies and sexy alpha males who know how to please their women—and who sometimes you just want to slap.

 

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