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Monday, August 29, 2016

✯BLOG TOUR:✯ Wait by A.L. Jackson {EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY + REVIEW}





Wait by A.L. Jackson

Release Date: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Romance, New Adult

She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

Edie Evans is gorgeous.
Sexy.
Kind.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.
But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.
But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.
The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.
Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.
Alluring.
Tempting.
He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.
It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.
Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.
He is my weakness.
We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.




{EXCERPT}

“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.

I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.

Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.

But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.

Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.

My girl.

In my bed.

Wearing just her panties and my shirt.

An angel I wanted to dirty.

I always had.

Love was messy like that.

All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.

A fool thinking it might be enough.

Shit.

God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.

Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.

Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.

My breaths were coming short.

Panted and hard.

I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.

A soft, soft gasp.

I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.

Just another part of this fantasy.

Until I heard the small thump against the wall.

Shit.

I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.

Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.

Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.

It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.

But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.

She stared right back at me.

And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.

Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.

But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.

Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.

Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.

Alive.

She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.

Motherfuck.

My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”



My Review:

Wait is a story about healing old wounds and starting a new beginning at life and love...

I have not read any of the other books in the Bleeding Stars series, but after reading Wait, I'm definitely going to pick them up. At the beginning of the book we get to meet Austin Stone when he is about to go onstage to perform. Right in the middle of his song he sees the girl that he has always loved, yet what they've both went through separated them until fate brought them back again. Now he needs to figure out what happened to Edie Evans after they've gone their separate ways and figure out how to win her back. It has been years since he last saw her, but his own demons have gotten the best of him over the years and his loss has prevented him from been able to move forward. Wanting to stay away from his family while he recovered from his past, he starts a career of his own using what he knows best, singing. 

While his brother and his band are famous singers, and living the life of their dreams in Hollywood, Austin is not ready for that type of fame, and that's what he keeps telling himself. Yet his good looks and mysterious personality is what keep girls coming to him. But there is one girl that he has always had feelings for, but helping her move on from her past has gotten harder than he thought. Meanwhile, Edie Evans has been struggling to move on from her past for the past couple of years, ever since a traumatic experienced changed her life, she has been trying to start new ever since she ran away from home. No one knows what truly happened to her expect for the boy that once stood by her side all those years ago, but wanting to protect him she had to let him go. Now that they've been brought together, she doesn't know if they could ever have a relationship between hurting one another in the end. 

I enjoyed reading Wait, the writing in the book was unique, and so were the characters. Though we slowly find out what truly happened to the characters, it still managed to keep me intrigued. The plot has a lot of twist and turns that will definitely keep you reading non stop. As far as the characters go, they are both damaged souls that once they're together they are able to help each other move on. Austin is not only good looking, but he also is sweet and caring. His love for Edie is what had me rooting for them until the very end. Overall, if you're looking for a good romance story filled with a few rock stars and music in general, than I would highly recommend reading this book. :)

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

✯BLOG TOUR:✯ Bad Judgment by Meghan March {EXCERPT + REVIEW}





Bad Judgment by Meghan March

Release Date: August 22nd 2016
Pages: 350
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary

A deliciously sexy enemies to lovers standalone coming this summer from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

He’s so arrogant.

She’s so self-righteous.

I can’t stand him.

I want her.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

Justine Porter is stuck between a rock and a stripper pole. She lost her law school scholarship, which means she has two choices to keep her life on track: strip for her tuition or tutor the most distractingly sexy guy in her class—the one she’s been turning down for two years straight. It should be an easy choice, but tutoring Ryker Grant could derail her plans to graduate with honors faster than two-for-one night at the Déjà Vu. Then again, topless has never really been her color.

She could take the easy road, just this once . . . but the deal has enough loopholes to trip anyone up.

Who knew they taught bad judgment in law school?




{EXCERPT}

“I’ve got some things I need to say to you, and you’re going to let me.”

Her brown eyes snap up to mine, surprise clear in them. “Why should I?”

“Because you’re nothing if not curious, and you want to know what I have to say.”

She steps backward, and I let my fingertips trail across her skin before they drop away. Justine adjusts the straps of her backpack on her shoulders and tucks Chewbacca into a side pocket.

“You know you want to hear the rare sound of me apologizing, don’t you?”

Justine purses her lips, and all I can think about is the dreams I had all weekend of her staring down at me from a stage while she danced and stripped. My own private show. I’m not going to admit how many times I jacked off to the mental picture. I need the real thing, and I won’t have another shot if she won’t even give me a chance to talk to her.

I don’t know what changes her mind, but she relaxes her posture and relents. “Fine. You’ve got five minutes. This better be good.”

It’s not much, but I’ll take it. I lead the way out of the classroom, slipping out the side door I used to make my unobtrusive entrance. Or at least, it was unobtrusive until I decided to share my strike-out history with the entire class at Professor Turner’s invitation.

Glancing behind me, I’m marginally surprised to see Justine actually following. I head for the third-floor doors to the library, where the private rooms are. This conversation isn’t for public consumption.

The first private room on the right is empty, so I push the door open. Justine trails me inside, and I shrug off my backpack and drop it on one of the four chairs.

She closes the door behind her and leans against it, her arms crossed over her chest. I’m guessing she wouldn’t stand that way if she realized how it draws attention to her chest. I force my eyes back to her face. I’m not about to fuck this up.

“Wow, you must really plan on groveling if you need privacy,” she says, an eyebrow raised in challenge.

“Maybe I just wanted to get you alone.”

She rolls her eyes. “And I’m already getting bored.”

“You love to bust my balls, don’t you?”

“I don’t really like to think about your balls, if you want to know the truth.”

I try on my charming smile, the one that has dropped panties for years. “I’m calling bullshit on that. You’ve thought about me at least once.”

She pushes off the door and turns halfway to reach for the handle. “And if that’s all you wanted to say, then I think we’re done here.”

“Wait.”

I’m shocked when she listens.

Justine rubs her hands over her face, her every move revealing her frustration. “You ask me out for two years, practically blackmail me into a kiss, then you blow me off completely, and now you’re all up in my business again. What the hell do you want from me?”

Her confusion punches me in the gut, making me wish I could tell her why I wasn’t there the morning I promised to help her move. It wasn’t for any reason she thinks.

I stride toward her, pressing one palm against the door beside her head. “I’m not blowing you off, and I haven’t stopped thinking about that night.”

“Then why—”

I can’t give her the explanation she wants, so I try something different.

Lowering my head, I catch the next words out of her mouth on my lips. They’re just as soft as I remember, and I drop my other hand to her hip, drawing her against me. Her fingers curl into the fabric of my T-shirt, almost reluctantly, but she’s not pushing me away.

I take her mouth, my tongue diving between her lips to taste her again—finally, but the pulsing of my dick against the zipper of my jeans forces me to back off. If I don’t, I’ll be laying her out on the table behind us, and that’s not what this is about. At least, not all of what this is about.

With her face flushed and her hair messy from my fingers, Justine shutters her expression. She’s rebuilding her walls brick by brick.

That’s not going to work for me.

“What’s it going to take, Justine?” I remember asking her the same question at the bar.

Her dark eyes fill with confusion. “What’s what going to take?” The words come out defensively.

“With you. To get a second chance. I fucked up once, but doesn’t everyone deserve another shot?”



My Review: 

Not having read any other books by the author before, I was completely impressed with the story and the characters. Right from the very beginning we get to meet Justine, an struggling college student who has been working her way trough law school after all the hardships that she'd suffered growing up. While not living in the best conditions, she is proud of what she has accomplished thus far. But when the school's funds get cut short, they have to find a way to finance everything else, and the committee makes the decisions to revoke the scholarships of those that are not paying for the school. This completely devastates Justine, because she has no other way to pay, and an unlikely source comes to her rescue only to want something in return. One of the professors that she has offers her a job as his son's tutor in return he would pay her tuition until he knows that his son, Ryker is back on track on his studies. Now it all would have been fine with Justine, but Ryker happens to be the biggest player at her college, and getting him to stay concentrated is going to be harder than she thought.

Ryker has always liked Justine, but after asking her out for the last couple of years, her answer was always no. He slowly becomes persistent in hopes that she'll say yes to him one day, but when he makes a bet with her everything starts to change. Now he has to find a way to get her to accept what they have and make it last. Through ups and downs, both characters have to face their pasts in order to move on, and as they spend more time together, they slowly start figure out that they might just be perfect for one another.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Bad Judgment, the story had me reading until the very end. I could not stop reading it, and it's all because of the undeniable chemistry that the characters have that will leave wanting for more. Justine is brave, smart, and kind. She knows what she wants, and is not afraid to get it. After what she went through growing it's evident that her goal is to get a career and make a name for herself. On the other hand, Ryker is handsome, sweet and caring. He has also dealt with a lot of emotional struggles growing up, but his looks have kept him busy in school. Not only is he popular, but having his dad work as a professor in the school has its perks. Now that they both have to deal with their pasts, they have to make a decision of whether or not they can be together or not. Filled with twist and turns, Bad Judgment will leave you swooning for the characters and the lovely ending. ;)

***ARC provided bin exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 4.5/5



ABOUT MEGHAN MARCH

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

✯EXCERPT REVEAL:✯ The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken


EXCERPT REVEAL!


The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: October 4th 2016 by Forever
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy.



{EXCERPT}

Thick wavy auburn hair fell in disarray over his forehead. It was lush, shiny, perfect. Were guys born with hair like that? Or was his somehow chemically engineered? His full lips pressed together in a secret smile as the equally handsome man next to him said something, then erupted in laughter.

The first man stiffened, then shook his head. His broad shoulders seemed to grow tight as a drum. A slight tic in his jaw was the only clue that he was irritated or maybe outright angry.

And then his shoulders slumped as he was handed another drink and then another.

Nervous. He must be nervous. But what could a man like that possibly have to be nervous about?

He easily towered over most of the men in attendance. Suddenly his posture changed, then he smiled.

Jane felt her mouth drop open in shock.

Dazzling.

He was…like a duke or a lord or a prince from a storybook. Clearly, she read too many romance novels, but his entire presence demanded attention; screamed authority, importance, and sex. Lots and lots of sex.

Yes, his virility was a tangible thing, as if she could reach out and grasp it with her fingertips.

“What are you doing?” Esmeralda yelled in her right ear, interrupting her blatant sexual fantasy about a complete stranger. Great. That’s what her life had come to. And sadly? It was the most fun she’d had all night.

Jane turned to Esmeralda, prayed for patience, and answered. “Sorry, I was just thinking.”

“You’re so boring.” Esmeralda rolled her eyes. “No wonder you got dumped.”

Another fun fact? Esmeralda was mean when she was drunk.

The reminder of the breakup burned like acid.

It had been a year ago, not that it mattered. It still hurt that the last guy she’d dated had told her that although she was cute, she wasn’t really doing it for him anymore.

Right. Doing it.

Maybe that was because she hadn’t done anything for him or with him, and he found that lacking. But they’d only dated for a few weeks. Did normal girls do that? Put out after a few weeks? Apparently.

She wasn’t normal.

But if that was normal, maybe she was better off being strange.

“Jane, are you even listening to me?” Esmeralda whined. “Essence needs you to dance next to her for a bit. I’m tired and tipsy. I want to sit. Plus your dress blends in enough that it won’t take attention away from her.”

No way. What? What had she just said?

Jane wrapped her arms around her middle. “I’m sorry, what?”

Without warning, Esmeralda grabbed Jane’s hand and jerked her toward the dance floor, causing Jane to lose her footing and crash directly into Esmeralda’s back. Then, like a domino, she slammed back into Essence.

Jane opened her mouth to shout out an apology, but Esmeralda was already too drunk to listen to reason. With determination in her eyes, she reached for the pearls at Jane’s neck but grabbed the fabric of the dress instead.

Her poorly sewn dress ripped instantly, causing the fabric to slink past her strapless bra. A diagonal slit split up her thigh almost all the way to her hip. In an effort to cover herself, she took a step and tripped, thanks to her clunky shoes.

And then she fell to the floor.

Hard.

Her sisters watched in horror—but neither of them offered a hand. They were probably kicking themselves for forcing her to come. Esmeralda leaned over but missed Jane’s shoulder by a mile, grabbing her hair and giving it a tug, which only made Jane wince harder.

Both sisters were completely tanked.

And she was less than two minutes away from being trampled by the other sweaty bodies around her.

She glanced up.

And into the eyes of the man she’d just been lusting after.

Oh God, the humiliation was complete.

That one glance told her he’d seen it all. She swallowed back the thickness building in her throat. Of course the only time he’d notice her would be when she’d ripped her dress and nearly took out a few guests on her way down to the dance floor.

The crowd gathered around her.

And the sexy man disappeared—probably off in search of a girl with perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect clothes.

She really should have stayed home.

Tears filled her eyes as a heel pressed into her right hand. With a jerk she tugged her hand free, struggling to get up to stand on her wobbly feet, when suddenly she was pulled to a standing position and then swept up in strong arms.

Jane’s eyes were still so blurry from unshed tears she couldn’t make out the man’s face as he carried her out of the crowd.

He smelled like heaven.

She fought the insane urge to press her face against his chest and just…close her eyes.

Because he felt safe.

Pathetic, when a stranger’s arms provided more safety than her own family. And yet he felt…right.

In a world where things for the past ten years had felt so wrong.

He felt right.

Maybe she’d had too much champagne.

AUTHOR:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com



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✯BLOG TOUR:✯ Tell Me A Secret by Tamara Lush {REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!}





Tell Me A Secret by Tamara Lush

Release Date: August 18th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 81
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica

He promised her forever, but now he's gone … leaving her searching for the truth. 

Emma and Caleb's journey continues in TELL ME A SECRET, the sensual new serial novel by Tamara Lush. It's the fourth in the series.

***

A pregnant wife struggles to remain true to her marriage after her husband's mysterious disappearance. But as she must bear their child and go on without him, she wonders how long she can wait.

Caleb is gone. Somehow he disappeared from the new business complex in Brazil, leaving no trace. With all the millions at his family's command, neither company security, the police or private detectives can find him. Was he kidnapped or murdered … or did he walk away of his own free will? 

Emma nearly goes mad with grief, only the necessity to keep her baby safe and well helping her hang on. Her sleep is plagued with erotic dreams and nightmares, all starring Caleb. Her days are spent wondering and waiting for any scrap of news. Adding to her pain, the Brazilian police probe for illicit secrets that may have drawn Caleb away. Only his siblings and her best friend help her hang on. 

But when Emma must bear Caleb's daughter without him at her side, she realizes Caleb may never come home. Can she make a life for herself and her daughter with his family, even with the huge hole in their midst? And what happens when his younger brother Colin ignites conflict that she alone can resolve? 

Secrets may have taken Caleb from her … but what about her own secrets?


Purchase: Amazon


My Review:

After the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Emma has been struggling to move on. Her priorities have changed and taking care of her daughter has been keeping her busy. Needless to say, she still hopes to find Caleb one day, whether dead or alive. But the search for him has been long and she is starting to wonder how long she can wait for Caleb. No one knows what happened to him, but the search is still on. Meanwhile, Emma has to face with the fact that her husband may never come back, and staying at home is not helping her cause or the baby. Then just when she is starting to go out more, her sudden interest for Caleb's brother threatens to destroy the relationship that she had with her husband. Suddenly she starts to question herself, but when she least expects it she gets the news that Caleb has been found...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, Lush had me at the end of my seat wondering when Caleb was going to be back. There is definitely a lot of tension among the characters in this book, Emma doesn't know if it's time to stop looking for her husband or if he is going to be alive. Her daughter is her new life, and purpose. But as her relationship with her brother-in-law starts to shift, she doesn't know if she actually wants him. In some scenes in the book, I was not really impressed with Emma's actions, yet they were understandable due to her current state. Needless to say, I would highly recommend reading this series, it is a total page-turner and suspenseful. :)

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 



Tamara Lush Bio:

During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them.

Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs.

TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida.

When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

☼ Waiting on Wednesday (#117) ☼



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Release Date: September 13th 2016 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Author's Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Facebook


What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.


Pre-Order: Amazon, B&N


***I love the sound of this book, it sounds mysterious with a little hint of romance. The cover looks amazing too! What are you guys waiting to read? ***


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