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#BlogTour ~ Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire by Eliza Freed ~ #5StarReview #Giveaway @elizabfreed @XpressoTours

#BlogTour ~ Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire by Eliza Freed ~ #5StarReview #Giveaway @elizabfreed @XpressoTours

#BlogTour ~ Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire by Eliza Freed ~ #5StarReview #Giveaway @elizabfreed @XpressoToursJosh & Anna and Gabe & Claire by Eliza Freed
Published by Brunswick House on November 15th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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No marriage is perfect.

Josh and Anna Montgomery are trying to have a baby. Well, Anna is. Josh is making the minimum contribution necessary, and it’s ruining their relationship.

Gabe Hawkins is trying to survive the wild ride that is life with his wife, Claire. It’s passionate everywhere but in their bedroom.

For these four friends, the difficulties of their marriages are camouflaged by hazy happy hours, extravagant vacations, picturesque weddings, and sleeping in. The possibilities of their youth are wilting in the light of their waning twenties, and on one fateful night, four friends become two. Survivors become lovers. Truths are told, and nothing seems like forever anymore.

Josh & Anna and Gabe & ClaireJosh & Anna and Gabe & Claire by Eliza Freed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There was something about the simplicity of the title and then the synopsis to this book. This is the first book that drew my attention. Josh & Anna and Gabe & Claire is the first book by Eliza Freed that I’ve read but all her her books look interesting. Since finishing this book I’ve decided I’ll be adding them all to my TBR.

I expected that Josh & Anna and Gave & Claire would be partially a mystery and partially women’s fiction. Holding the idea that love comes in many ways, I also thought it might be a love story. Let me tell you, it’s one of those books that has a bit of all that and more. The story is delivered to us through two points of view and is one that makes you truly believe that everything is not as it seems. Freed writes characters rich in emotion and this crew will provoke many, many feelings. I loved every minute of it.

The story is told in 3 stages and in alternating points of view, that of Anna’s and Gabe’s. It opens with Anna’s contemplating the state of her marriage as she and Josh working on conceiving a child. From there we journey through events and memories that reveal the personal thoughts and interactions of Anna and Gabe with there respective partners. The dynamics between the 4 of them are incredible – all 4 are great friends but they all have distinct relationships with each other. We learn from Anna that Josh is a bit of a hot head and from Gabe we learn that Claire is impetuous and drives a lot of the activities the 4 of them participate in. .

Anna & Gabe are most strongly tied together by their love of Claire. Without divulging too much of the plot I can say that circumstances push Anna and Gabe together just as they find themselves understanding each other more clearly and realizing they connect in a way neither saw. There’s also a mystery surrounding Claire’s state of mind and why things occurred as they did. Gabe is on track when he suspects something is off and he sets to uncover what exactly happened and why. Much of the story is Anna pushing her comfort levels and experiencing great personal growth. As a characters she very admirable and I so wanted her happiness and for her to find what would fulfilled her. At the same time, Gabe is learning to adjust to being on his own and there bond at times in tenuous. It’s a story of surrendering to ones feelings, not feeling guilty for them, and learning to move on…to find happiness.

Eliza’s writing is impeccable. The dialogue and the plot flow well and the mystery has a very interesting twist. Based on what we knew of Claire, I never saw that coming and the same goes for Josh. By the end we learn that Anna wasn’t completely unaware of his true nature. This is one of those unputdownable books that left me both strangely contemplative and exhilarated. I really loved how everything played out. Josh & Anna and Gave & Claire is one of those standout reads that combines romance and mystery in a very surprising way. 5 Stars and recommendation!!

~Review by Cyndi


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About Eliza Freed

Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks, her neighbors began to talk, and her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It was during this time she became an avid observer of the characters she met and the heartaches they endured. Her years of study taught her that laughter, even the completely inappropriate kind, was the key to survival.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. As an avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she'd rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she is, and always has been, a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.


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#Releaseday ~ Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins ~ #5StarReview #BlogTour @jess_hawk @sassysavvyfab

#Releaseday ~ Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins ~ #5StarReview #BlogTour @jess_hawk @sassysavvyfab

Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins
on December 8th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Finn
No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

Halston
I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I only recently finished reading Jessica Hawkins CityScape series and when I saw the opportunity to read Yours to Bare, I was ALL over it. Yes I’m a new fan of Ms. Hawkins an now I can proudly proclaim that I’m now a die-hard fan. That’s the effect that Finn Cohen elicits. Yours to Bare stole my breath and kept me reading late into the night.

Admittedly I haven’t read Slip Of the Tongue, which is where we first meet Finn. It’s not necessary, but there’s history from that story that plays into his mindset when he meets Halston (Hals), our heroine in Yours To Bare. Yours to Bare picks up on Finn’s life about a year and a half after the end of Slip Of The Tongue. I love Finn sooo much that I’m rectifying that immediately – another confession is that I’m a little nervous about it.

Yours To Bare is an incredibly emotionally charged story. Finn is a very forthright man and he was left defensive by his divorce and his involvement with Sadie. First and foremost he must protect his heart and like any reasonable person, he has certain rules to help him avoid making the same mistakes more than once or twice (I think twice is his hard limit and rules do get broken). But he’s a big believer in fate (which I find incredibly romantic – which he is) and so when Finn finds a diary of sorts that leaves him completely intrigued about its owner. Finn takes action and too quickly becomes involved with Halston in a very passionate and very complicated love affair. There are red flags going up all over the place but Finn see’s them and chooses to trust Halston. She’s convincing enough for sure.

The most immediate complexity for them is really born by Halston. I almost hate saying it but she is a HOT MESS. Her emotional and mental health is tenuous and while had so much sympathy for her plight, I found it hard to be in her head at times. This is something that I found with Olivia in the Cityscape series as well. But, it’s just more proof that that Hawkins is a brilliant story teller and a master at writing perplexing and wounded female characters. Between Halstons issues and Finn’s need to protect himself, they have a drama fueled and very sensual relationship.

It’s a fast paced read because Finn and Halston are too quick to become a couple. They endeavor on a creative partnership that is so fascinating and makes for a great plot driver (Yours to Bare on Instagram ) I tried and tried to picture the work as Finn and Hals describe it and I appreciate that Hawkins offers this as part of the Y2B experience. This is a 5 star standout read and one for any drama loving romance reader!!

~Review by Cyndi

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.


#ReleaseBlitz Tough Luck by Liv Morris #Excerpt @LivMorrisAuthor

by Liv Morris
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Tough Luck, a sports rom com, by USA Today Bestselling author, Liv Morris.

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There’s one rule in reporting: don’t ever fall in love…

When Amelia Adams tells everyone my days as Chicago’s quarterback are over, I vow never to give her another minute of my time—until the team owner sees an empty stadium, and forces us together on a reality show in hopes of filling the seats.

When Bryce Luck becomes my assignment, I swear his brown eyes and dimpled smile won’t make my knees weak—that I’ll keep a professional boundary. But I can’t fight this attraction, especially when he whispers sweet nothings in my ear and promises to do a million dirty things to me when the cameras stop rolling.

When the show is over, and the game’s been played, will our love become a reality? Or are we just out of luck?

“Let’s open the first message with an attachment.” I let the cursor hover and take a deep breath. “Wait, are you sure seeing dic pics isn’t like offensive to you? I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable or anything.”

“I’ve been attached to one all my life,” Bryce says, shooting me a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding stare. “What about you? Feel awkward having a guy looking at dicks with you?”

“Nah. Seen one, seen them all.”

I might sound confident, but I have no clue what kind of crazy will pop up. Clicking on the first message, a fully erect penis fills my screen—or, at least, the best it can. He’s a little on the small side, the poor guy. I wonder if he has no clue either. I’d never send this pic without some major photoshopping.

“Jesus!” Bryce exclaims, and I right click to save it before exiting. “What are you doing? Keeping them?” Bryce’s eyebrows shoot up to his hairline.

“I have a special place for all my boys.” I pull up a folder marked “Stroke Me.”

“Stroke me?” Bryce asks, his brows knitted together.

“Isn’t that what they want from me?” His eyes light up with understanding and he nods as a grin spreads over his face. “But my sub-folders are even better.”

“Now I have that “Stroke Me” song playing in my head,” Bryce laughs. “What did you name them?”

“I have five. Leans Left, Runs Right, Grower, Shower, and King-Kong. I bet you can guess what the last one means.” I waggle my brows, and he can’t stop laughing. Seriously, he had tears forming in his eyes.

“Compared to other pics, this guy seems a bit below average in size.” I move the pic to the sub-folder labeled “Grower”.

“I’ve never heard of anything so crazy!”

Hmm… I bet Bryce’s folder would be labeled, The Beast.

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USA Today bestselling author, Liv Morris, was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. She now resides on the rock known as St. Croix, USVI with her first and hopefully last husband. After relocating twelve times during his corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she's planted, Liv brings her moving and life experience to her writing.

#CoverReveal Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker #ComingSoon #TBR @kathleenatucker @inkslingerpr

by K.A. Tucker

UNTIL IT FADES is a contemporary romance novel featuring K.A. Tucker’s signature heart-stopping suspense releasing May 2nd, 2017 and being published by Atria Books! Check out the gorgeous cover below and pre-order your copy today!

A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population three thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

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About K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

 

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Hit The Spot ( Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels ~ #4StarReview #Giveaway @JDanielsbooks @ForeverRomance

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Hit The Spot ( Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels ~ #4StarReview #Giveaway @JDanielsbooks @ForeverRomance

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Hit The Spot ( Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels ~ #4StarReview #Giveaway @JDanielsbooks @ForeverRomanceHit the Spot by J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds #2
on December 6th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 385
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New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels brings us the next book in her Dirty Deeds series.

Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup.
Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won't admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it's time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won't just want him in her bed, she'll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he's found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what's happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?
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Hit the Spot (Dirty Deeds, #2)Hit the Spot by J. Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fantastic addition to the Dirty Deeds series! J Daniels does the impossible by turning my feelings about Jamie around. By the end of Four Letter Word he seemed like a good enough guy, but he was a player and man whore and there was no way he was going to make any traction with Tori, right? I mean Jamie pretty much blows it with her – BIG TIME ! So I was certain there was no way he’d recover from that. Tori is too smart for that, right?

Turns out that what Tori felt for Jamie was much more complicated than the hateful sexual draw she had toward him. Yep, Jamie got under her skin. Hit The Spot chronicles the slow free fall of both Tori and Jamie – as they wager a bet to see who will cave first in seeking the other out to scratch that painful itch. Straight up, this is a fun read. Jamie is a competitor and is more than willing to work hard to break Tori’s resolve. What I love about this story is that they severely under estimate each other.

The story is told from alternating points of view and Daniels gives Jamie an Alpha male voice that I hadn’t picked up on in Four Letter Word. His confidence seemed more subtle and smooth but with Tori’s challenge, his sweet side gets pushed to the back and he comes at her full bore. There’s no time to be to nice when he got a women to get into bed 😉 As he gets to know Tori and what makes her tick, he does show real and genuine concern for her exposing more sweet then he means to. As the story develops, intentions change. These two have incredible sexual chemistry and what they share is incredibly hot. It’s one of those awesome reads that will leave you hot and bothered.

It might not make sense, but on the whole once they recognize their feelings for each other there’s relative low angst between them. This balances out the tons of drama it takes in getting them to that point though. This is a solid 4 star read and one that I recommend!

~Review by Cyndi

 

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J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.


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No Trespassing by KD Robichaux #OUAP #Review #5stars

by KD Robichaux
Genres: Contemporary Romance

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Title: No Trespassing

Author: KD Robichaux

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 7

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No Trespassing

Being the daughter of world-renowned archaeologists, it’s in Emmy’s blood to want entry into the many off-limits historical places around the United States. Having graduated with her degrees in history and archaeology, you’d think she could just waltz right in wherever she wanted, right?

Wrong.

Dean Savageman, host of The Adventure Channel’s No Trespassing, is the rock star of documentaries, and is always called first to explore the most forgotten, dangerous, and inaccessible places around the country. No one gets dibs before him—certainly not the huffy wanna-be archeologist who keeps showing up at the most obscure undocumented locations, no matter how beautiful she is.

After years of run-ins—and unwanted fantasies—with her self-proclaimed mortal enemy and having given up on gaining entry to one of her dream sites the legal way, Emmy sneaks into the NOLA Catacombs, having no idea Dean is in their depths.

What happens when these two get trapped together, alone, twenty-five feet under the streets of New Orleans is one for the history books, or at least an episode of… No Trespassing.

Seriously, when did archeology get so sexy?  KD Robichaux totally knocks it out of the park with this book.  Let me give you a few reasons why.  First off, this story is so interesting.  Am I a buff on this stuff?  No, but it’s written so well and you just know she researched it so thoroughly in order to weave such a captivating tale.  Second, her heroine is awesome sauce.  I loved Emmy and Dean’s story so much that I had to message the author on FB to tell her.  Even though the character is based on someone else, I totally thought she wrote herself into the role. Third, Dean is written in such a surprisingly sweet and intelligent way. He’s exactly what you hope you’ll get and pairs very well with Emmy.

I could go on and on, but I would rather you read this original and interesting story yourself.  It makes the neurons fire because the story is intelligent.  It’s really a cerebral read in all senses of the word; sexy and smart all at the same time.  Add in the panty-soaking scenes, perfectly-timed awkwardness, and dialogue, and you’ve got a 5 star read.

If you’ve read The Blogger Diaries trilogy, you’ll see how Robichaux has grown and evolved as an author.  I really can’t say enough about how much I love her writing and this story.  Please do yourself a favor and read the story.  Don’t forget to look at the cover photo while reading it…I mean, how can you not?!

Good job, KD.

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KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then married and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom, who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a Senior Editor for Hot Tree Editing. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, her very own real life romance.

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#CoverReveal One Careful Owner (Love Me, Love My Dog, #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick #ComingSoon #OneCarefulOwner #LoveMeLoveMyDog @jharveyberrick

by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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  One Careful Owner by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Series:  Love Me, Love My Dog
on January 2nd, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Take me, all of me, broken and in pieces, or say to hell with me.”

WARNING!
This book will break your heart!
From the best-selling romance author of THE EDUCATION OF SEBASTIAN comes a sexy, heart-breaking and heart-warming story about one man and his dog.

Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog, Stan for company. He doesn’t expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there’s a dark side to Alex, and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex- is a pain in the ass, her sister isn’t speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn’t so crazy after all, just … different.
Dawn realizes that she’s treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her—people can be very cruel.

Contains scenes of an adult nature.

This is a standalone novel with no cliff-hanger.

About Jane Harvey-Berrick

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 )

#Spotlight Downed by Jennifer Fredericks #Review @JenSFred

Downed (Gridiron, #3) by Jen Frederick
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He’s the guy no one likes…
Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.
She’s the girl everyone loves…
Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.
Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

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Jen Frederick pulled off a miracle! She managed to make me not only feel sorry for Ace, but to actually warm up to him. Okay, in the end I really liked him which is a testament to Fredericks storytelling. I absolutely Dace2ETESTED him in Jockblocked (OUAPblog review) and never ever thought I’d see any redeeming qualities in him. I figured reading Downed would and trying to like him would was a good challenge. But in the end, it wasn’t as hard as I thought.

First, he does see the error of his ways and the genuine regret he feels was enough to sway me. Plus, Frederick puts Ace in a situation where he is able to turn regret into action and works to become a better man. He just needs a catalyst and Bryant Johnson is just that. Southern girl and a football coach’s daughter, Bryant loves a ace6good project. She see’s right through Ace and decides he’s this years’ candidate. Sure, this is a way to distract herself from her own fear of heartache but she becomes more attached to Ace then she ever anticipates. Frederick gives Bryant a voice that was fun to read – she uses all the right language and colloquialisms to capture the south and the culture of college football. Additionally, the life of the sorority sisterhood was portrayed exactly as I picture it and I enjoy the affirmation 🙂

What’s lovely about this story is the way Ace and Bryant transform each other. They seem to have that certain something that makes them challenge each other but with always good intentions. There’s a sexual charge between them that both hot and sweet. There’s much to love about the way the story unfolds, the many characters that help Bryan and Ace find their way.ace7

It appears Frederick has a book 4 in the Gridiron series planned and I’m excited to see if she picks a player at Southern and just who that will be. I think the book covers for this series are some of the sexiest and I’m already looking forward to that cover reveal. 4 stars for Downed and my recommendation!

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About Jen Frederick

Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither.

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne ~ #5++StarReview #MustRead #2016Favorite #Giveaway #Excerpt @_LaurenLayne @TastyBookTours

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne ~ #5++StarReview #MustRead #2016Favorite #Giveaway #Excerpt @_LaurenLayne @TastyBookTours

#ReleaseBlitz ~ Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne ~ #5++StarReview #MustRead #2016Favorite #Giveaway #Excerpt @_LaurenLayne @TastyBookToursSomeone like You by Lauren Layne
Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 228
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Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Someone like You (Oxford, #3)Someone like You by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5++ of 5 stars

2016 is the year that Lauren Layne became of of my favorite authors. To be fair, 2016 is when I read my first Lauren Layne book. There’s something really magical about finding a new favorite author and to know there’s a backlog of books for me to still read. But this year, as I started and finished each book, I recognized just how solid her writing is and that I fell in love with every single character. What’s more, her stories are about second chances and/or unrequited love, my favorite tropes in romance reads. I’m going to confess that Someone Like You is my favorite so far but I’ll probably say that with my next LL book.

When the story opens, Daisy and Lincoln find themselves hanging out at her twin sister Emma’s wedding. This is no wedding hook up though. Someone Like You is about two people who have had their hearts broken and have managed to mask the pain and to present a “face” to the world. They see this similarity in each other and start a beautiful friendship (Ahh yes, the friends to lovers story is also one of my favorites and Layne excels at this one too).

Daisy is perhaps one of the most genuine and transparent woman that Lincoln has ever met. They have an immediate connection but it’s not one charged with sexuality. They are kindred spirits and find themselves opening up to each other rather quickly. There’s an instinctive sense of trust between them and we quickly learn that Lincoln isn’t at all who he leads others to believe he is. This he gives to Daisy, a truth that none of his coworkers and friends know about. Lincoln’s heartache puts him out of reach and unable to have a future that involves falling in love. He’s truly stuck and it’s completely heartbreaking.

Their friendship becomes critical to each of them which means there’s a risk. Lincoln believes it must be maintained as a friendship ONLY ubt they can no longer ignore the spark between them and somethings gotta give. With this, Lincoln develops self-reproach with the fallout is utterly devastating. Daisy is one of the most compassionate and level headed people that he knows but she also feels things deeply and Lincoln, well he’s not always smart about what he says and does. It chokes me up just thinking about just how stuck in the past he is and what is jeopardized because if this – everything they have built with each other is put to a test that is of Lincolns making and he does this more than once. I’d be angry if I didn’t feel so sad for him and I think it’s a feeling most readers will share.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Just re-reading portions of the story to write my review left me in tears and if I didn’t have such a backlog of other Lauren Layne books to read I would probably re-read this now. Oh heck, I might end up doing just that. Every highlight made has left me teary eyed. Even so, Someone Like You is such an inspiring read about love and loss and forgiveness. I don’t mean to make it sound overwhelming sad because the development of their friendship is sweet, funny and sexy. It’s simply an emotionally charged story where the HEA is greatly challenged by unique circumstances. I recommend this as a #MustRead and #2016Favorite! 5 ++ Stars!
~Review by Cyndi

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“Fun and flirty, sassy and steamy, with a deep emotional pull that will keep you turning the pages.”—Kelly Jamieson, author of Top Shelf

“An unsung hero with a story that touched my heart. Emotional and gripping. A top favorite of 2016 for me.”New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland 

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Lincoln watched as Daisy hesitated just inside the doorway, unnoticed yet by the rest of the bridal party and out-of-town guests.

Making people comfortable was a particular skill of his. Normally he’d be over there in a heartbeat with a glass of wine and some of his best banter until her shoulders relaxed and he’d coaxed a smile from her pretty face.

But he wasn’t entirely convinced Emma wouldn’t make good on her castration threats, so instead Lincoln merely studied Daisy. The woman was beautiful. No surprise there, since Emma was gorgeous. Yet, though their features were identical, they were attractive in entirely different ways.

Emma was all polished confidence, stunning in an untouchable sort of way.

Daisy was softer somehow. Gentler. She seemed . . . touchable.

Lincoln’s cocktail froze on its way to his mouth as the forbidden rocked him back on his heels. Daisy Sinclair was not for him to touch for reasons that had nothing to do with Emma’s threats.

As though sensing a man’s brooding thoughts on her, Daisy turned slightly, her eyes locking on his. Eyes that he’d known would be dark brown like Emma’s, and yet eye contact with Emma had never felt like this.

Lincoln felt something akin to panic, because for a heart-stopping moment, it felt like Daisy Sinclair was seeing him. Not seeing the Lincoln he wanted everyone to see.

The real him.

He gave himself a little mental shake. Get it together, Mathis. The woman doesn’t even know you.

None of them did.

Not really.

He saw the moment of answering shock in her own gaze, sensed that for a split second, she considered turning and running. From him, from the party, all of it.

Then he saw something else. Something familiar, because he’d done it a thousand times himself. She squared her shoulders, and he watched as a mask slid into place.

He knew even before she approached that Daisy was exactly like him—good at being around people only because she chose to be. Knew that perhaps once it had been second nature, and now it was nothing but a deliberate attempt to make sure everyone thought she was okay.

Daisy began making her way toward him, and he tensed for reasons he couldn’t identify before ordering himself to chill out.

It was just his friend’s sister. The maid of honor to his best man.

She stopped in front of him, and he caught just the faintest whiff of her perfume, a surprisingly elegant scent for someone named Daisy, before she extended her hand.

“You must be Lincoln Mathis, The Manwhore of Whom I Should Beware?”

Her voice was a surprise. It had the same low huskiness as her sister’s, but years in New York had all but erased the Southern from Emma’s whiskey-raspy voice. Daisy’s drawl was very much intact—a mint julep on a hot day.

He grinned and took her smaller hand in his. “Which would make you Daisy Sinclair, Delicate Flower to Whom I’m Not to Speak.”

She grinned. “Nailed it.”

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

Stolen Breath (Chequered Flag #1) by Mia Hoddell #Review #OUAP #4Stars @MiaHoddell

by Mia Hoddell
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Stolen Breath
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 5th 2016
Pages: 344

Blurb
My name is Zeke Lawson, but you probably know that already because everyone’s heard of me.

I’m the bad boy of Formula One.
The player.
The heartbreaker.
At least that’s what I allow people to believe.
The truth is too precious to be tarnished by reporters, and no matter what my fans think, they don’t deserve access to every detail of my life. It’s just a shame Nadine Hadley doesn’t see it that way.
She’s writing the feature every driver longs for on me—the one that can make your career. The only problem is she wants more than I’m willing to give her … and she’s playing dirty to get it.
Flirtatious smiles, skimpy dresses, sex: Nadine is using my reputation against me, and it’s working. No man could resist her, especially when she swears not to print my story.
So now I’m in too deep.
I want her more than anything, yet falling for a journalist may cost me the one thing I vowed to protect. Although, that seems insignificant when compared to another issue I face this racing season.

Did I forget to mention someone is trying to kill me?

*Each book in the Chequered Flag series can be read as a standalone and is complete with a HEA.*

Review

Bottom line up front?  I LOVE ZEKE.  Like a lot.  Zeke is a paradoxical playboy; he’s played a ladies’ for nearly a decade, but in reality, he’s really a one-woman man with a heart of gold.  That’s my favorite type of man; one who loves hard, but you also get to peel back the layers to get to see all the wonderful.

Nadine was so much fun.  We caught a glimpse of her ball-busting ways in Chameleon Soul.  I was so happy to see her find her HEA.  She was just as fun as I expected!  She was strong when life called for it, not afraid to grovel if needed, used her intelligence to see what others couldn’t, and ready to jump (in all sorts of ways) in when life necessitated.  She’s a great match to Zeke; she was able to call him on the *bs* and remind him he has a heart.

This book was a perfect showcase to demonstrate how Hoddell’s writing has evolved since the first book in the series and her ability to write characters who suck you into the pages.  Come meet Zeke and enjoy him as much as I did!!

 

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“Filled with romance, suspense, chemistry and mystery.” Melissa: HEA Fanatics on Chameleon Soul
“I wasn’t prepared for the full emotional journey this book takes us on … Hands down, this will be one of my favorite reads of the year.” Mignon Mykel on Chameleon Soul

“To say I was absorbed in this story would be an understatement.” Jess: Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty on Chameleon Soul “I’ve never had a book effect me the way this one did. From the mystery and danger to the realness of everything Raine and Teo go through, this is one book that had tears rolling and love pouring from my soul.” Amanda Barbee: The Magic of Books on Chameleon Soul

“Their story will have you gasping with bewilderment, worrying about the emotional roller coaster the two have endured, and cheering for happily ever after these two both deserve.” – Amy: Pages Abound on Twisted Mind
“Twisted Mind made my heart race. What a great love story of two people trying to move on from a hurtful past.” MAustin: Alpha Book Club on Twisted Mind

Excerpt

Stan stood as I moved to sit down and held out his hand.“I’m afraid I have to head off, but you have my number if you need to discuss anything.”I shook his hand and, with a final pointed look at Zeke, Stan left.

“Are you going too?” I prayed he’d say yes so I could head home early. I needed to regroup after the shock he posed to my system.

“Yep, but you’re coming with me.” Zeke signalled for the bill while I remained standing, dumbfounded. He paid, and only when he started to slide out of the booth did I find my voice.

“Why would I do that?”

“Because you like your job and wouldn’t want me making a complaint to your boss.”

I planted a hand on my hip. “You wouldn’t.”

“Sure I would.”

Really? You’re blackmailing me?”

Zeke stepped out of the booth, forcing me to wobble back on my heels. “I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion. After all, your boss wanted personal, didn’t he? For that you’re going to need to be my shadow. If you’re not, you aren’t doing your job.”

“You’re unbelievable. Where the hell do you even need to go?”

“First we’re going to get you some new shoes, then I need to meet up with some triathlon buddies.”

I picked up my file and followed him from the restaurant, irritated. “You do triathlons?”

“See, I’m being helpful. You wouldn’t have known that if it hadn’t been for me.”

“I can think of a few things you are, and helpful isn’t one of them.”

Zeke chuckled. “One of them is sexy, isn’t it?”

I grumbled in response, choosing to change the subject so we didn’t stroll into dangerous territory. “Why are we getting me new shoes?”

“Because the ones you’re wearing are too big. You’ll slow me down or break your neck trying to keep up with me.”

“I’m fine, you worry about yourself.”

“You’re getting new shoes, princess. Deal with it.”

As if to prove his point, I tripped over the kerb as we crossed the road. This time I was sure I’d hit the concrete, but Zeke’s arms locked around me and pulled me upright. He didn’t need to say I told you so, his expression said it for him, and I resisted the urge to slap the smirk off his mouth.

“See? Why are you wearing these death traps anyway? I’ve never seen you look so … not put together.”

I huffed. “Mine broke on the way to work and these were the only ones someone could lend me.”

Zeke set me safely back on my feet and took my hand. I glanced down at it then up at him. The gesture felt unfamiliar and personal, not something I associated with Zeke. As if reading my thoughts, he explained, “In case you fall again.”

“Sure, because the only thing you’re interested in is my safety.”  

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About The Series

 

Chameleon Soul (Chequered Flag #1)

I have it all: my dream career as a Formula 1 driver, more money than I can spend, crowds who cheer my name “Teo Coates,” and an endless supply of beautiful women to warm my bed as I travel the world.

I should be happy. I should love my life.

But none of it means anything without her.

One year ago, the love of my life broke off our two-year relationship via a phone call. No explanation, no apology, and no sign it was coming. She shattered me…ripped out my heart. And the worst part is that I couldn’t stay to fight for her without losing my career.

However, now the racing season’s over, I’m back, and I intend to reclaim my girl’s heart.

There’s just one problem.

The girl I left behind no longer exists. Plagued by fear, something has broken Raine Wilkins to the point where she’s struggling to cope with each day. It’s going to take all of my skill to gather the explanation I was denied a year ago and persuade her to reveal her secrets. But if there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s I never lose. I returned to the UK with one goal: win back the girl I love, and nothing and no one will get in my way.

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Twisted Mind (Chequered Flag #2)

She’s toxic.

Everyone tells me to leave her—that she’s going to destroy me.

But things aren’t that simple.

Elora’s pregnant with my child and I endure her twisted games of manipulation and violence to protect my unborn baby. I never predicted she would do the unthinkable or that she was cruel enough to kill.

Yet she did, and now everything’s spiralling out of control.

The light-hearted jokester on the race track isn’t a part I can play anymore. The Dustin Coates everyone loved is no longer me. I’m merely a grief-stricken man who’s barely able to function.

At least until Tazia Nixon moves in next door.

She soothes my aching heart and helps me forget. With every second I’m around her, I can feel myself being revived.

However, beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past, and the lies are starting to unravel around me. I should have protected my fragile heart from her when I had the chance because now it’s too late. Someone out there wants to destroy me, and the odds are stacking up against us. They know Tazia can break me beyond repair, and they aren’t afraid to use her.

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About the Author

#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs and is the organiser of Virtually There Book Fest.

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