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Thursday, January 19, 2023

🔖 REVIEW 🔖 The Specialist by Melanie Moreland

The Specialist by Melanie Moreland 

Release Date: January 19th 2023
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Final installment of the Men of Hidden Justice

Egan Vulpe

Trained explosives expert. Gun for hire. Loner.
Until the day he falls in love.
He leaves the dangerous world he knows behind. He paints, owns a gym, and co-runs Elite Security.
In the past, he has worked with his friends at Hidden Justice, always staying behind the scenes.
But not far enough behind.
When the woman he loves is taken, his only recourse is to step back into a world of crime—this time on the wrong side of the law.
He knows he has only one choice.
Save her.
Or die trying.

My Review:

The Specialist by Melanie Moreland is a heartwarming and suspenseful conclusion to the Men of Hidden Justice Series. A steamy page-turner that will keep you reading until the very end.

At the beginning of the story we get to meet Egan Vulpe, a successful business gym owner who also happens to co-run Elite Security. But behind the scenes, he is the explosives expert whose talent was once used for the Men of Hidden Justice. A secret organization that works to get rid of the underground crime. Yet, Egan wasn’t always on the right side of justice and that has hunted him for many years. He has changed for the better and that’s all due to one person, Sofia DeSalvo. A doctor who has stolen his heart, if only she could see that they’re meant to be together. Having once worked along side her cousin while working for the Men of Hidden Justice. Sofia has witnessed first-hand how dangerous the missions were and it’s due to her past that she is afraid of giving herself a chance to love again. Until Egan’s past comes back and threaten the love of his life that he must make a choice to get her back or lose her for good.

I absolutely loved reading The Specialist! The chemistry between the characters is undeniable and magnetic. Egan is a Romanian alpha who is a total softy when it comes to Sofia, he truly cares about her and her safety. He knows that Sofia is going to be his, he just needs to give her a chance to see that for herself and when she does, they are sizzling together. Sofia has been through so much in her life and that has affected how she proceeds when it comes to love. It would take a turn of events to threaten what they’ve build together and for the Men of Hidden Justice to reunite again. We do see cameos from previous characters and a nod to a character from another series. There is a little bit of everything along with action and suspense. The ending was everything, we get a final glimpse of the previous characters in the series, which I loved! I would highly recommend checking out The Specialist as well as the rest of the series, it won’t disappoint! :)

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

🔖 REVIEW BLITZ 🔖 Just Another Spark: A Just One Spark Short Story by Carly Phillips

Just Another Spark: A Just One Spark Short Story by Carly Phillips 

Release Date: January 17th 2023 by CP Publishing
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

He's a rock star wanted by millions.

She's a wife willing to fight for their love.

Rock star Dash Kingston is finishing the last leg of his band’s U.S. tour. Exhausted and ready to be home, he can’t wait to see his girl. Time zones, show times, and the demands of his career have made married life harder than expected. Even knowing the rock star life wouldn’t make their relationship easy.

Cassidy Kingston thought she was ready to handle being married to a man idolized by women everywhere. She believes in their love even though the separations when the band is on tour can be torture. But the paparazzi and media don’t make their time apart easier and the gossip headlines hit her harder than they should. She trusts her husband even if she misses him like crazy.

When rumors surface that Dash is seeing someone, what’s a girl to do? Surprise her husband and remind him of what he’s been missing. Except you know what they say about the best laid plans. 

My Review:

In Just Another Park, Phillips gives us a glimpse into Cassidy and Dash Kingston’s marriage after their story Just One Spark ended. Their happily-ever-after is just getting started, but not without a few obstacles along the way.

As a producer for K-Talent Productions, Cassidy Kingston knew what she was getting herself into the minute she married rock star Dash Kingston. The Original Kings are on their way to finish up their U.S. tour and with their fame comes the constant media attention. Although Cassidy is used to the fans and woman around her husband, seeing Dash being photographed with a younger singer still hurts. With their busy careers, it makes it difficult for them to have the same communication like they once had before the tour. The demands on their careers have made their married life harder for both of them. She is still adjusting to her new role and not seeing Dash as often as she would like is what makes her think about their marriage moving forward.

With The Original Kings wrapping up the last leg of their U.S. tour, Dash can’t wait to go home to his wife. Their busy careers have made it harder for them to see one another and he misses Cassidy. But there is behind the scenes drama that could threaten his marriage, especially after finding out that pictures of him and his opening singer have resurfaced all over social media. Dash is determined to prove to Cassidy that he loves her an no one else.

I really enjoyed reading Just Another Spark, it’s a great addition to the series. We get to see how the two navigate obstacles even after their story ended in Just One Spark. There is lots of steam and swoon worthy moments. I would highly recommend checking out the book after reading Just One Spark!

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Meet Carly Phillips:

NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at

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🔖 REVIEW BLITZ 🔖 Wait for Always by K.A. Linde

Wait for Always by K.A. Linde

Release Date: January 17th 2023 by K.A. Linde Inc.
Pages: 254
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

A stand alone brother's best friend romance about Ash Talmadge & Amelia Ballentine by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Ash Talmadge is everything I shouldn’t want.

My brother’s best friend. A too charismatic, too attractive Southern gentleman. And obsessed with someone else.

But she’s finally out of the picture. I put two years between their break up just to be sure. This is finally my chance.

His focus is all on me. Exactly where I wanted it to be since high school when he saved me from humiliation. And after college when he finally realized I was more than just his best friend’s little sister.

There’s only one person who could ruin this for me.

I’ve waited this long.

I’m willing to wait for always. 

My Review:

Wait for Always is the fourth book in the highly anticipated Coastal Chronicles Series. Ever since we met Ash Talmadge in Hold the Forevers, I’ve been wanting to read Ash’s story and Linde does not disappoint. This brother’s best friend story is the perfect friends to lovers romance that will leave you swooning and rooting for the characters until the very end.

There are few families that represent wealth and power in Savannah, and for Amelia being a Ballentine has given her access to a very privilege lifestyle. Among other things, having grown up with her brother’s best friend has made her off limits to Ash Talmadge no matter how much she wants him. He’s always been there for her when she needs him the most, always as a friend. From balls, graduations, break ups and to her store opening, Ash Talmadge has become a fixture in her life. But he loves someone else.

Throughout the ups and downs of his relationship, Amelia has been there to support him. But even she knows that his relationship is toxic and she tries putting distance between them. Yet, Ash keeps coming back to her, it would take a turn of events for his life to change the minute he gets left at the altar. Now that’s been two years since he parted ways from his ex, Ash is ready to give them a chance. Amelia is afraid that he might still hold feelings for his ex, but she’s waited so long for them to be together that she wonders if giving him a chance might be putting her heart on the line once again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wait for Always, it is mainly told in Amelia’s POV and it changes from past to present. We have fashion designer, Amelia Ballentine, go on a quest to try to move on from her feelings for Ash Talmadge. But keeps failing due to their close proximity and with him being her brother’s best friend. Being in each other’s lives makes it harder to move on, no matter how much she hates seeing him keep getting hurt in his relationship. It’s through her relationships that Amelia starts to see that she can do better and decides to move to Charleston in hopes of opening up a second store. 

Then Ash comes and all her childhood dreams are in her hands, yet she is hesitant to give them a chance. Since she has seen the relationships around her not last. We get to see them grow and mainly see Amelia come to herself as the story progressed. I loved seeing cameos from some of Linde’s other series as well. Although the story can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading Hold the Forevers for a more detail background on Ash, since we only get to read Amelia’s POV in this story. The ending was sweet, although I wish the author could have extended the epilogue. All in all, if you’re looking for a great friends to lovers romance than I would highly recommend checking out Wait for Always.

***I received an advanced copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.***

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Meet K.A. Linde:

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

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