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The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti
on June 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another.

She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.

The Weight of LifeThe Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woweee ~ as an introduction to Whitney Barbetti, The Weight of Life has made me an instant fan. I’m thrilled that she has an extensive library and I’ve already snagged a few books. The characters are simply stunning, with dialogue that captures the readers attention, and the story line that is hypnotic – I had a very hard time putting it down when real life intruded on my reading time.

Mila (an American from Colorado), and Ames (a Brit in London) meet under some unusual circumstances while Mila is visiting London. Mila is such an endearing character, with a rich backstory and a buoyant attitude, and she immediately captures Ames’ attention. But it’s not something he’s necessarily happy about. As the two become acquainted, Mila shares something very personal, something that immediately resonates with Ames and this changes his impression of Mila and ultimately how he relates to her. The story is told in alternating perspectives and I enjoyed each equally. Being in their heads and hearts as they open up to each other. Mostly I loved seeing the transformation that Ames goes through. He is a man stuck in the past and Mila is the precisely what he needs in his life.

“When I’d walked in on Mila and Lotte talking, I’d felt something deep within me shift— like it was making room, allowing feelings to bloom in the dead space inside of my chest”

These are individuals mired in grief, learning to live and coming to terms of what that looks like after loss. Barbetti’s story telling is phenomenal and I felt every emotion in time with them. I understood Mila’s exuberance and Ames hesitancy and why the way they impact each other has such consequence. There’s an awareness of the possibility of new love and a second chances, but there’s also an expiration date on their time together and this drives how they measure their connection.

“She felt good in my arms, I realized. A welcome weight. Her light breaths warmed the center of my chest and it felt as if we’d hugged for an eternity, but then she pulled away and it felt like it had lasted only a second.”

Barbetti’s prose is absolutely beautiful and the message in The Weight of Life profound. She touches on sacrifice and hope, heartbreak and forgiveness, and ultimately on spirituality. I highly recommend this love story to all romance readers.

~Review by Cyndi

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Other works by Whiney Barbetti

He Found Me ~ Ten Below Zero ~ He Saved Me ~ Into the Tomorrows ~ Back to Yesterday


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About Whitney Barbetti

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.


#NewRelease ~ Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille ~ #Giveaway BlogTour @sarah_castille ‏@InkSlingerPR

#NewRelease ~ Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille ~ #Giveaway BlogTour  @sarah_castille ‏@InkSlingerPRLuca by Sarah Castille
Series: Ruin & Revenge, #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 350

Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in the city of sin, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart--until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn't enough for a man who takes what he wants, but his mysterious temptress has slipped away.

For two years police detective Gabrielle Fawkes has lived for revenge. But a night of indulgence with a sexy stranger changes everything. Powerful, charming, and deliciously dangerous Luca, has his own private reasons for offering to help her pursue the drug lord who killed her husband. There's a lot Luca isn't telling her and the more she finds out the less she wants to know.

When Gabrielle becomes the target of the drug lord she has vowed to hunt down, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in a mobster's hands. To save her, Luca must break his Mafia ties--or risk losing Gabrielle forever.

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Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.

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#Review Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker #6Stars #MustRead #TopRead2017 #TopRecommendation #FavoriteAuthor #NewRelease @kathleenatucker @AtriaBooks

#Review Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker  #6Stars #MustRead #TopRead2017 #TopRecommendation #FavoriteAuthor #NewRelease @kathleenatucker @AtriaBooksUntil It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Series: Standalone
Published by Atria Books on June 27th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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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 two 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?

★‿¸.•*´´*•.¸(*•.¸ 6 Brilliant Stars ¸.•*)¸.•*´´*•.¸‿★ 

Until it Fades by KA Tucker definitely hit the spot for me. I’ve come off a month-long book funk, not enjoying much and questioning my taste in books, and this book was the one to remind me why I love reading as much as I do. This book, for me, is perfection.
It’s definitely not your typical KA Tucker book, it’s sweet, thought-provoking, and hitting you right in the heart. There is a twist, one I did not see coming, but it’s not a dark, angst-y suspense we’ve come to expect—which is probably why I loved this book so much, it’s different.

Until It Fades is a brilliantly written story about letting go and seizing the day, going after what you want. This story will pull at your heartstrings with it’s simple, yet profound love story. While KA Tucker is a genius when it comes to suspenseful and gritty books, I do believe this is one of her best books yet, if not the best, simply because she made me feel so much with the words, not the plot. This story did not need one major plot twist to leave me devastated, each word, phrase, and sentence contained in these pages did this to me. The deep and painful, yet also beautiful and uplifting, emotions behind this story is what made this book one I will not soon forget.

Catherine has not had the easiest life. Growing up with a strict mother and an absent father, she did the one thing most teenagers do, she acted out. Yet, for her, those rebellious actions had consequences which derailed her life completely, sent her down a dark path before she was able to drag herself out of the hole she dug for herself. However, those actions orchestrated her from her family and most of her friends, the community she grew up in. Nevertheless, she persevered—made a life for herself, despite her circumstances. She is content with her quiet life, until one fateful night changes everything.

Brett, oh man. I am not sure I’ll be able to do this character justice. He’s perfect in every way that counts. He’s considerate, thoughtful, generous, loving, and most of all, he makes Catherine brave again. Yes, he’s a famous athlete, and you can tell, yet he is also humble and down-to-earth. All he wants is someone to share his life with. And he is convinced that Cath is this person, yet, trying to win her over might just be the biggest challenge he’s ever faced.

The characters, all of them, are so exceptionally well-written they feel real and made me wish I know them in real life. Their stories, their past, their dreams and goals is what made these characters real to me. Their struggles and hardships touched my soul and made me feel everything they went through as well—the joy, the pain, the despair, the love.
This book is the perfect combination of outstanding and vivid writing, engaging and lovable characters, and a storyline which will keep you enthralled and plays on all your emotions.

Until it Fades is the perfect example of sometimes “less is more.” It shows all of us a beautiful story does not need to be filled with other-the-top drama—all it needs is amazing writing which will pull you into the story and fill you up with all the emotions. This exquisite love story shows us all we need is perseverance, love, and courage—with words which will be burned into your soul in the best way possible.

Ultimately, I doubt I can convey the brilliance of this book in a review, I do not possess KA Tucker’s talent, but please read this book. You will NOT regret it. It the type of book which will grab you by your emotions and stay with you for a long time. Definitely a #TopRead2017 for me!

~Review by Anja

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.

#NewRelease ~ Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins ~ #4StarReview #Excerpt @MandaCollins @SMPRomance

#NewRelease  ~ Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins ~ #4StarReview #Excerpt @MandaCollins @SMPRomanceDuke with Benefits by Manda Collins
Series: Studies in Scandal,
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 27th 2017
Genres: Regency Romance
Pages: 320

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Lady Daphne Forsyth is a brilliant mathematician with a burning passion for puzzles. When she learns that the library belonging to her benefactress houses the legendary Cameron Cipher―an encrypted message that, once solved, holds the key to great riches―Daphne is on the case. Unfortunately, her race to unlock the cipher’s code is continually thwarted by a deliciously handsome distraction she hadn’t counted on. . .and cannot resist.

Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is curious as to why Daphne is spending so much time snooping around his aunt’s bookshelves. He’s even more intrigued by her bold yet calculating manner: She is unapologetic about her secret quest. . .and the fiery attraction that develops between them both. But how can they concentrate on solving a perplexing enigma once the prospect of true love enters the equation?

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal, #2)Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Duke with Benefits is a mystery driven regency romance that I found fun and cleverly plotted. It’s the second in the Studies in Scandal series, and the first book by Manda Collins that I’ve read. Though it is a part of a series, I had no trouble in reading this as a standalone.

The two main characters in this story are the very independent and extremely smart Daphne Forsythe and Dalton Beauchamp. The Duke of Maitland. Daphne is the daughter of an earl and a recent benefactor to a Madam Albinia and has moved into the Beauchamp house as part of her inheritance. This is where the two are brought together. These two don’t have immediate chemistry, but they are attracted to each other and from that and friendship, and a relationship blooms. I really enjoy their banter and Daphne’s indignation at Dalton’s insistence they play by the rules of society. This story is driven by Daphne’s treasure hunt for the Cameron Cipher and a mysterious death of an old acquaintance of Daphne’s. There’s a few villainous suspects for the murder, and the same contending in the hunt for the Cipher. The riddles presented take a very clever person to unravel and it seems Daphne was chosen for the task. And lucky for Daphne, Dalton is along to assists.

The story is really very well plotted and as Daphne and Dalton get closer, and the circumstances transpire towards a more meaningful relationship, their chemistry does shine through. 4 stars and Regency Romance recommendation!


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There you are, my dear,” said the Earl of Forsyth with a beaming smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes.

Maitland saw at once that Daphne favored him. Her green eyes were the same shade as his, though there were lines of dissipation bracketing the earl’s. And though his expertly cropped blond hair was shot through with silver, what remained of its original color was the same shade as hers. But whereas Daphne’s gaze was focused off to the left of whomever she conversed with, like a bird hovering just over a branch, Forsyth’s speared one with cold calculation. As he did to Daphne now.

“You are looking well, Daphne,” the earl continued, stepping forward to embrace his daughter, who looked as uncomfortable with the contact as Maitland had ever seen her. “The sea air agrees with you. As I knew it would.”

“The sea is very beautiful,” Daphne replied woodenly. “Why are you here, Father?”

“Is that any way to greet your Papa?” the earl chided, stepping back from her and wandering farther into the room, standing to stare out at the gardens below through the window. “I’ve traveled all the way from London to see you. And this lovely estate. I must admit that when I first learned of your inheritance, I thought it was all some sort of trick. But you would have your own way and leave the loving bosom of your family no matter what I said. Now that I’m here, though, and see it in person, I must admit that it’s a lovely spot. And your chaperone, Lady Serena, is quite beautiful, isn’t she? A widow, I take it?”

His jaw clenched at the man’s mention of Serena, and Maitland thought perhaps it was time to announce himself. Daphne seemed not to realize he’d followed her in, and the earl was too busy waxing rhapsodic over the beauties of Beauchamp House.

“I don’t believe we’ve met, Forsyth,” he said forcefully, stepping up to stand side by side with Daphne. He gave a slight bow, perhaps not quite as deep as was warranted, but not caring. “The Duke of Maitland. I am a friend of your daughter’s, you might say.”

What he meant by that last, he could not say, but the man made every bit of protective instinct within him go on the alert. He was her father, but all the same Maitland knew that Daphne was no safer with him than she would have been with Sommersby if he still lived.

At the sound of the duke’s voice, Lord Forsyth turned with almost comical haste from the window and stared. For the barest flicker, he looked angry. Well, if he were upset at the knowledge that his daughter was not without friends, then he would simply have to swallow it. Because Maitland was damned if he’d leave her alone with the fellow.

“Duke,” Lord Forsyth said with a tilt of his head, “I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I was a friend of your father’s, and had little notion I’d be meeting you here. He was a good man, your father.”

His father had been nothing of the sort, but Maitland was hardly going to discuss it with Forsyth.

“I am here visiting my sister, Lady Serena,” Maitland said coolly, letting the other man know in tone rather than words that he had not appreciated the older man’s speculative words about her earlier. “And of course my cousin, Kerr. He only recently married another of the heiresses here, and resides here with her.”

Forsyth’s eyes narrowed at the implication that Daphne was well protected should her father wish to cause trouble. At least that was the message Maitland was endeavoring to send. And by the looks of it, Forsyth read him loud and clear.

“Capital, capital,” the earl said with false cheer. “A merry party you must all make here. I had no idea you were in such fine company here, Daphne. No notion at all.”

“Because we have not spoken since I left,” Daphne said, looking from her father to Maitland then back again, as if wondering what went on between them. “And now, father, I really must ask you to leave. I have a great deal of work to do and . . .”

“Don’t be absurd, Daphne,” her father said with a shake of his head. “I only just arrived. And there is something very important I must speak to you about.” He turned to Maitland with a raised brow. “I’m sure you’ll excuse us, Duke. I’m afraid what I need to tell my daughter is private family business.”

Maitland was opening his mouth to tell the man he would leave Daphne alone with him when hell froze over, when Daphne did it for him.

“Maitland stays,” she said, reaching out to grasp him by the arm. It was as much of a cry for help as he’d ever thought he’d see from her. Wordlessly, he slipped her arm into his, as if they were about to promenade round the room. He covered her hand with his, keenly aware of the thread of tension in her.

Once more, the earl’s eyes narrowed, and he turned an assessing gaze on Maitland, perhaps realizing for the first time the threat coming at him from that direction.

His jaw clenched, Forsyth said grimly, “Very well. If you wish your friend to witness our dirty linen, so be it.” As if needing to be in motion in order to speak, the earl began to pace the area between the window and the fireplace. “You know, Daphne, you left me without any obvious means of recouping what I lost from years of paying that tutor of yours, old man Sommersby.”

“You agreed to pay him,” Daphne said tightly. “After I threatened to expose . . .”

Hastily, Forsyth continued, “And I am currently in need of funds. As such, I must insist you return to London with me for the time being and meet a particular gentleman who has expressed interest in marrying you. Though his birth is not as high as yours, he’s quite wealthy and will make you a good husband, I trust. He’s assured me he has no concern about your odd ways, if you’re as beautiful as your portrait.”

Before Maitland could burst out with the string of invectives the other man’s pronouncement inspired in him, Daphne said, “I cannot marry this person. I’ve never even met him. You promised me that I would not have to marry someone for money as long as I won enough at the tables. I did so. You promised me, father.”

“I never actually promised, Daphne.” Forsyth said with a shake of his head. “If you chose to interpret it as such, that is not my fault. Now, go pack your things.”

Daphne’s hand on Maitland’s arm gripped him tightly. And before he even knew what he was doing, he said, “I’m afraid that’s impossible, Forsyth. Daphne is staying here.”

“I don’t know who you think you are, Maitland,” said the earl through clenched teeth, “but I am her father, and I am well within my rights to take her back to London. Now, kindly take your hands off of her and let her go pack.”

“It might once have been your right, Forsyth,” Maitland said coldly, “but Lady Daphne is my betrothed now and as such, she will remain here. With me.”


About Manda Collins

Manda Collins is the author of several books, including Ready Set Rogue and The Lords of Anarchy series. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.


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The #MomFail Anthology is #ComingSoon to your #eReaders on July 25, 2017! Be ready to ready 24 hilarous #MomComs by 24 Authors!


Everyone just stop for one bleeping minute so we can all get real with each other. Being a mom is some tough $#!†. You’re constantly wearing questionable substances that make you ask, “is this chocolate or … oh, crap …” and your purse is merely a receptacle for three-week-old snacks and broken crayons.

Let’s be honest … even when we’re doing this “mom” thing right, we’re somehow doing it completely wrong.

Pardon us while we dust off our collective Mother of the Year trophy and proudly present you with an epic anthology of #MOMFAILS.

*Stories inspired by real life (unless you’re a cop, then it’s all complete fiction). Names and situations have been changed to protect the guilty (and by guilty, we mean the moms). Because motherhood is a battlefield and we’re all just trying to survive by any means necessary.

Featuring this amazing lineup: Alissa York, A.M. Willard, BL Berry, Carina Adams, Claudia Burgoa, Crystal Burnette, Dylan Allen, Faith Andrews, Gia Riley, J.A. DeRouen, Kate Anslinger, Leddy Harper, LK Collins, LL Collins, Marie James, Piper Rayne, Riann C. Miller, Shari J. Ryan, Stephanie Rose, Stephie Walls, SM West, TL Swan, Teresa Michaels, and foreword written by: Nicole Kane Knepper.





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