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New release – 9 book Digital-only box set – This is a GREAT deal!

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I just wanted to let you all know if a great deal that released today.  It is only available through 9/30/2015.  This is a Ebook collection of nine full-length New Adult and Adult Contemporary romances from popular authors.  NINE BOOKS people for just $0..99!  (Great..now I sound like some crazy, infomercial announcer person).

I have read a few of the books before, but not all of them…so no review with this post.  I am posting the synopsis from the publisher below.  Levitate by Kaylee Ryan is one of my favorite books and I’ve been dying to read Blue by J Bellus.

Don’t pass this deal up, because who doesn’t love discovering a new book boyfriend or two!!!

Synopsis:

**GET IT BEFORE IT’S GONE–SET WILL DISAPPEAR ON OCTOBER 1, 2015**

Head Back to School with NINE COMPLETE (Full-Length) Romances from New York Times, USA Today, and Bestselling authors NEVER BEFORE in ONE Boxed Set!!!

NINE new book boyfriends are all here to make you sigh, swoon, and switch panties as you head back to school (or kiss the kids and send them out the door! *wink*)

INCLUDING:

UNBREAK ME, by Lexi Ryan: Returning home to be a bridesmaid in her ex-fiancé’s wedding to her sister, Maggie Thompson, a 21-year old college-dropout, hopes to salvage her long-tarnished reputation and strained relationship with her family. Instead, she finds herself caught in a web of secrets and deception between the man who once promised to fix her and the sexy ex-rocker who gives her permission to break.

LEVITATE by Kaylee Ryan: Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you realize your puzzle is unfinished. With one touch you find a piece you never thought you needed. The piece that makes you Levitate.

BLUE by HJ Bellus: Blue Williams shines no matter the circumstance, until one night changes her forever. The beauty is gone, and all she has left are nasty, ugly memories. The man who saved her has a story of his own, with 90 percent of his body scarred. What happens when the Beauty falls for the Beast?

TATTOO by Cambria Hebert: An undercover cop on vacation, a bank teller just doing her job, and a group of bank robbers waiving a gun around. Just when Brody and Taylor think they’ll make it out a tattoo changes everything.

FIGHTING SILENCE by Aly Martinez: I spent my life dodging the punches reality threw at me. I had worthless parents and two brothers who depended on me. Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan–neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway.

SPARK by Erin Noelle: Desperate to improve his younger brother’s worsening condition, Crew Elliott and his family decide to turn to unconventional treatments and move to Colorado. It is there, in the search for medical marijuana, he finds beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell–a girl who may not only hold the key to heal his brother, but to fix him as well.

COMBUST by Tessa Teevan: When Virgin Queen Andi Kane meets Cohen Wellington, she’s sure he’s The One… She’s never been more wrong. Three years later, he’s the man she never wants to see again, she’s the one who got away, and this time, despite her protests, he’s not letting her go without a fight.

VERY TWISTED THINGS by Ilsa Madden-Mills: He’s a rock star with a past. She’s the heiress who’s lost everything. Welcome to Briarcrest Academy–Hollywood style–where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

ONE TO LOVE by Tia Louise: Fighting, tattoos, fame, love, LOSS… It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common, until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes. It’s a story about fighting, about falling in love; and it’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place.

ONE-CLICK NOW – THIS 9-BOOK BUNDLE WILL BE GONE OCT. 1!!!

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New Release – Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

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New Release – Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

 

Title:  Blurred Lines

Series: Standalone

 

Author: Lauren Layne

Publisher: Loveswept

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: EBook

Genre:  New Adult & College Romance, Romantic Comedy

Pages:  254 pages

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, USA Todaybestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

 

 

Review:   I kind of stumbled upon my first Lauren Layne book, Broken, when I was looking for another book with a similar name.  I am so happy I did.  Lauren Layne writes with an easy flow and develops characters with so much depth.

Blurred Lines is funny—at times down right hysterical—yet, romantic and sweet and even frustrating (but in a good way).  She sets up the story without requiring too much pretense or back story.  The storyline isn’t unique—there are a lot of best-friends-to-lovers books out there—but what makes this book different is the reality in the way it is written.  The obstacles that are thrown in the couple’s way are not some gargantuan mountains to climb with ridiculous and unnecessary characters that are written just for the sake of needing more drama.  In fact, there only a handful of characters in this book (main and secondary) and all played a necessary and well-thought part in Ben’s and Parker’s journey.  Layne takes the reader on a journey through every emotion in this book.  Be warned, this is kind of an emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible.

This is a standalone novel told from alternating 1st person POVs with a HEA.

 

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New Release – Emphatic by Kaylee Ryan

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Review:  New Release – Emphatic by Kaylee Ryan

 

Title:  Emphatic

Series: standalone

 

Author: Kaylee Ryan

Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: EBook

Genre:  New Adult & College Romance

Pages:  259 pages

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Synopsis:  There comes a point in your life where you have to say enough is enough. 

I wasted my college years on a guy who played with my head, played with my heart. I was blinded by the fairytale, the one that didn’t exist.

The day I gave up on the idea of happily ever after, my focus became me. Moving forward and establishing my career.

Until one day…

I didn’t expect him. My new boss, a six foot two, inked rock god. I believed I was working for the record label, I was wrong.

It’s impossible for me to keep my distance, believe me I’ve tried. He’s not who I expected him to be. He’s so much more he’s…Emphatic

18 and over audience

 

 

Review:   Kaylee Ryan knows how to write a sweet and sexy romance.  All of her books are great, but Emphatic is in my opinion the best she has written yet.

The rock star, Kacen, falls for the real girl, Logan.  This isn’t a new concept.  There are many books with this plot out there, but what sets this one apart is Kacen.  Kaylee Ryan excels at writing “real.”  Her characters feel like old friends and you find yourself rooting for the good guys and booing the bad guys.  Kacen may be a rock star but he is down-to-earth and lovable, while being sexy as heck.  He is not the typical alpha rock star and to me that is refreshing.

The romance starts with a hot and sexy encounter, but it’s not insta-love.  The attraction and feelings simmer between Logan and Kacen, but it’s not really a slow-burn kind of love.  However, their romance moves along at a good pace, enough to keep the reader involved but still wanting more until it all culminates in a satisfying happily ever after.

Kacen’s bandmates provide some pretty hilarious scenes and Logan’s best friend is a fun sidekick without too much presence.

As added extra—There is a tiny reference to some of the characters in Tempting Tatum (also written by Kaylee Ryan and a great book…so read it), which helps explain why Kacen is how he is.

This is a standalone with an HEA and recommended for 18+. 

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Review: In the Dark (The Rules Book 2) by Monica Murphy – New Release

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Review:  In The Dark (The Rules Book 2) by Monica Murphy

 

Title:  In the Dark

Series: The Rule – Book 2

 

Author: Monica Murphy

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: August 25, 2015      

Format: EBook, Paperback

Genre:  New Adult & College Romance

Pages:  278 pages

 

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

 

Synopsis:  The girl next door isn’t what she seems…


Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door–she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl–and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?

 

 

Review:   I loved Fair Game, the first book in The Rules series.  Monica Murphy does it again with the second book, In the Dark.

The series is about three wealthy college guys who are out to have the time of their lives before they face the real world.  They are living life and having fun until they start finding love.  The series if fun and sweet and each book focuses on a different guy.  This first book was about Shep.  This second book is all about Gabe.

Oh, Gabe, you funny, sarcastic, manwhore of a guy.  Gabe is not at all ashamed of his way of life.  Then he meets Lucy and you slowly see him evolve in to a kind, considerate and loving man.  Lucy is a sweet, sassy, insecure girl with a terrible body image problem.  They meet over the summer and become involved each one changing the other for the better.  They fall deeper into each other, but then summer ends and they part ways assuming they will never see each other again.  Surprise!  They end up at the same college!  I won’t tell you anymore of the plot, because while I liked the first half of the book, I loved the second half.  The second half is where things really get going and you really connect with the characters and what they are experiencing.  The book moves along pretty quickly after that (but not too fast that the reader feels rushed) and it’s a race to a sweet happily-ever-after.

One thing Monica Murphy does so well is angst.  Not campy, obnoxious angst, but believable, I’m feeling this along with the characters angst.  In the Dark has everything a romance reader would want—fun romance, sweet interactions, sexy times and of course, the all-important happily-ever-after.

Book Three in the series, Slow Play, which is Tristan’s story, is releasing November 10, 2015.  I can’t wait!

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Until Friday Night (Field Party Book 1) by Abbi Glines

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Title:  Until Friday Night

Series: Field Party – Book 1

 

Author: Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: EBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audible

Genre:  Teens and Young Adult

Pages:  336

 

Rating:  5 stars

 

 

Synopsis:  The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

 

 

Review:   I have said it before and I will say it again—I have mad love for Abbi Glines.  Her ability to write across multiple genres is impressive.  I have liked all of her books, but one of my favorites is The Vincent Boys.  This book brings her back into the young adult genre…and with a bang.

The characters in Until Friday Night all have great depth to them.

Maggie, the female MC, is one of the most complex YA characters I’ve read in a long time.  Maggie is strong yet fragile, she is kind and unselfish and a smart character to read.  She loves with all of her heart.

West is a deeply flawed character, which I appreciate.  So often the heroes’ flaws are overlooked or glossed over in favor of a nice set of abs.  That is not the case with West.  Yes, he is the typical good-looking football jock when the story first begins, but he develops and evolves into someone you, the reader feel for and care for and ultimately root for.

The secondary characters are even developed enough that the reader can relate to them and either love or hate them.

The thing that truly makes this book special is reading how the relationship between West and Maggie evolves and being drawn in to their stories.  You can feel the emotions that ebb and flow between Maggie and West and they are realistic enough to be believable and even though I know this is fiction, I want the story to be real enough.

It is evident that Abbi Glines loved this project and put her heart and soul into this story.  In this first book alone, she has cared enough to develop the secondary characters so that the reader is now interested in what their story might be, as well.

Favorite Quote:  “Before you, I never smiled.  I never laughed.  I’d forgotten how.  I was alone, and I didn’t know any other way.  But you saved me.  You make me feel appreciated, needed, wanted.  You brought me out, and you gave me reasons to laugh again.  Just seeing you makes me smile.  No one could ever mean to me what you mean to me.” – Maggie

I’m not sure if this is intended to be a Stand-alone or not.  The main characters do get a HEA, but, in my opinon, there was one question unanswered.  Could be just me.  Probably is just me.  However, Abbi Glines characters almost always make a reappearance in later books in her series and often have second books.  So… J

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Review: When You’re Back: A Rosemary Beach Novel by Abbi Glines

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Title:  When You’re Back:  A Rosemary Beach Novel

Series:  Rosemary Beach Series Book 12

 

Author: Abbi Glines

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Format: Ebook, Paperback

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

Pages:  272 pages

 

Rating:  4/5 pages

 

Synopsis:  From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

 

 

Review:   I need to start out by telling you that I have mad love for Abbi Glines and all her books.  The Rosemary Beach series is by far my favorite.  The characters are engaging and funny and lovable.  Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites in the series.  I like Mace and Reese.  I really do.  However, I didn’t feel the love in the second book.  Let me clarify…I felt the love, but I didn’t love what I felt.  I was actually rooting for Reese and Captain at one point.

The book does have a little of everything that makes a good contemporary romance – relationships, angst, heartbreak and even a little mystery.  Except I had a hard time getting over how dependent Reese is on Mace.  I suppose that’s due to my feminist side, so not everyone will feel that way.

On a final note, I think Captain deserves his own book, Abbi…  J

This is the 2nd in a mini-series but does have a HEA.

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Review: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles

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Title:  Stupid Love

Series: Stupid in Love Book 3

Author: Cindy Miles

Publisher: TKA Distribution

Publication Date:  9/10/2015

Format: Ebook

Genre:  New Adult, Romance

Rating:  3.5/5 stars

Where to buy: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks

Synopsis: Bestselling new adult author Cindy Miles is set to capture the hearts of STUPID GIRL fans again with the grand finale of the Stupid in Love series, featuring Memory and Jace.

MEMORY

Casualties.

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.

Or so I thought.

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.

JACE

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

The Stupid in Love series (can be read as standalones):

Stupid Girl
Stupid Boy
Stupid Love

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review:   I have read all the books in the Stupid in Love series and this one is my least favorite.  I’m not sure I even know why.  The characters are likeable.  Memory is a bit frenetic for my liking and she was all over the place sometimes, but her connection to and interactions with Jace were at times very beautiful and at times sad.  Overall, the story is satisfying and there is a sweet happily ever after.  I think it will appeal to most romantics.

Stupid Love is available for pre-order at all major Ebook retailers.

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Review: Written On My Heart by Cole Gibsen

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Title: Written On My Heart

Series: standalone

 

Author: Cole Gibsen

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Format: Ebook

Genre:  New Adult, Romance

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: It’s been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib—and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire—for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn’t need trouble…especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who’s six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There’s no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner…even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs…

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:  

I loved this book. It was sweet and steamy. There was love and heartbreak and secrets. The characters were likable, including the secondary characters (which I think is rare). Ashlyn is feisty but damaged from a really bad home life. Lane is silent and brooding. There is no insta-love between these two. The romance is a slow burn that builds up to a sexy, steamy hook up. The conflict between the characters was real and exciting.

 

If you like slow-burning new adult romances then this book is for you.

 

 

This is a stand-alone with a HEA; although, I really wish this could be a series because Lane’s sister deserves her own novel ASAP!

 

 

Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

 

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Review: Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

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Title: Deal Breakers

Series: n/a

 

Author: Laura Lee

Publisher: LAN Fiction LLC

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Format: Paperback and e-book

Genre:  New Adult, Romance

 

Rating:  4/5 stars

 

Synopsis: How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything? Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley? Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up. Balls to the wall, baby! Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation. Deal Breakers is filled with lots of laughs, a sexy romance, and an overflowing swear jar.

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review:  

I couldn’t help but like this sweet book. The book is divided into then and now. The book starts with Devyn and Riley in college and then events leading up to their one night together. Then the book skips forward five years and deals with the aftermath of that one night. I know it’s not a completely new concept, but I feel this book did it better than most. The two halves were not rushed, but there wasn’t too much either. The build up to their night together is done really well and you are actually rooting for it to happen. I won’t reveal anything about the second half, because that is the true gem of the book.

 

This is a stand-alone with a HEA.

 

 

 

 

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