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Friction (A Legal Affairs Novel) is available now! The latest release in the Legal Affairs Series, Friction is a standalone novel.

 

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At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

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New Release review: A Friendly Arrangement by Christine Warner

  

Title: A Friendly Arrangement 

Series: Friends First book 2

Author: Christine Warner
Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:3/5 stars
Synopsis: when your plus one becomes “the one”?

Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common–they’re neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other’s plus one–a little friendly arrangement between friends.
Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that’s okay, they’ll add an addendum–one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.
When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what’s more important–what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review: Well, this book was just okay for me. I enjoy friends-to-lovers romances, but this one wasn’t my favorite. The feels were there some of the time, but I just didn’t feel it when reading the most important parts of the story. The characters are likable, but at times I found myself irritated with Roth’s immaturity. I also found I had to stretch my imagination to make their long time friendship believable. There was just something missing here. The steamy scenes were pretty great and it had a satisfying HEA.  

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Friction (A Legal Affairs Novel) by Sawyer Bennett

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Friction (A Legal Affairs Novel)

Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Synopsis:

At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25530340-friction

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My Review

Sawyer Bennett writes some of the sexist novels out there.  I loved Friction!!!  Loved it!  This story of two lawyers on opposing sides of counsel is a scorching hot romance and an endearing love story.

Friction is part of the Legal Affairs series featuring a new couple, but references characters from previous books in the series.

Friction has everything you like wrapped up in a hot and sexy package.  Friction offers readers a look into the lives of Leary and Reeve, two hot shot lawyers who pride themselves on their work.  Leary uses her “assets” to get ahead in any way necessary and offers no apologies.  Reeve is a hot, sexy alpha-male who likes to be in control.  When she and Reeve face off on a case, sparks fly in and out of the courtroom.  Each of them gives a little more of themselves to the other and what develops is a wonderful story of love, sacrifice and ultimately doing whatever it takes to get the HEA they deserve.

If you are not familiar with Sawyer Bennett, then get familiar with her.  I haven’t read one of her books that I haven’t loved and Friction is no different.

This smartly written book will leave you hot and bothered before finishing you off with a satisfying ending.  Happy reading!!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Wicked Horse Series. She also writes the Cold Fury Series for Random House.

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Release Extravaganza: Rip by Rachel Van Dyken

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Are you ready for the first cut? Dive into Rip and discover why the good Doctor’s known for his pleasure and his pain… a complete stand alone from NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken.

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Synopsis

Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I’m her nightmare.
I’m her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn’t remember me.
She will.
It’s inevitable.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.
Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

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Excerpt

“YOU’RE NOT WEARING BLACK,” I BLURTED once we were in the parking garage, my eyes scanning over the crisp white button up and the same black slacks he’d worn to our initial meeting.

“How very intuitive of you, Maya.” Nikolai mused placing his hand on my lower back.

“Ass.”

His lips twitched.

At least he had somewhat of a sense of humor.

“Get in.” He opened the door to a black Audi A8. I slid in to the leather seat and looked around. The car seemed heavier than normal sedans or sports cars. I’d always loved Audi’s but this one wasn’t like others I’d seen on the road.

Curiosity got the best of me, when Nikolai got in and turned the key I asked. “What kind of Audi is this?”

“A safe one,” he said with a simple shrug, his lips pressing together in a firm line. “Throw a grenade at it and we’d walk away without a scratch.”

“You uh, get grenades thrown at you often?”

“One can never be too careful.”

“Hmm.” I leaned back and crossed my arms as classical music floated through the car. “So, the location of our first appointment.”

“A simple office building—nothing special.”

“Right.” I started nervously cracking my knuckles.

“Don’t.” His teeth clenched as he placed a solid warm hand across mine. “Just… don’t, not now.”

“Um, okay.” His hand hadn’t left mine. “Sorry.”

“You should be,” he snapped then jerked away from me like the feel of my skin somehow offended him.

Right. So I was back at the crazy theory.

We drove the rest of the way in complete silence—except for the violin music in the background. It seemed melodramatic. Driving through downtown Seattle with a billionaire in a car that could withstand World War Three, only to get trained for my new job.

Where I had no rights as a human being.

Yeah I was a bad romance novel waiting to happen.

He stopped the car at Pier 44 and turned off the engine. “Shall we?”

Nikolai didn’t wait for me to answer, simply got out of the car. Dumbly, I followed. What other option did I have?

He was still dressed in his tight white button up and black pants. Why was it that I had to change and he didn’t? The salty wet air stung my nostrils as we walked down the pier and finally stopped in front of a red door.

I looked around while he pulled out a key and shoved it in the lock. What could a man like him possibly be doing on the pier? In the dead of night? And why did he need my help?

“Do not speak.” He hissed before grabbing my elbow and jerking me through the entrance. He kept his arm wrapped around me. I wasn’t sure if it was because he was nervous I’d cut and run, or because it was so freaking cold in that place it could have been a freezer.

I shivered.

“You’ll get used to it,” he whispered across my ear.

“But don’t I want to,” I muttered under my breath.

His teeth flashed in what I assumed was a smile—I didn’t want to think he was gnashing his teeth at me so early on in our working relationship. Maybe I was trying to stay positive.

I shivered again and crossed my arms, trying to keep my body heat from evaporating into whatever hellish nightmare I’d just walked into.

Nikolai walked toward one of the walls and flipped a switch.

The lights flickered on one by one, reminding me of those horror movies where the buzzing of the lights being on is almost as freaky as the lights being off.

Everywhere I looked was white.

White marble floors.

White couches.

And a white receptionist desk with a red J hanging down the front. If I wasn’t so freaked out, I’d probably think everything looked modern and cool, not exactly inviting but not terrifying either.

Magazines littered the coffee table in the middle of the room, and a large bay window overlooked the Sound.

“Clinical,” I muttered under my breath.

The sound of a phone ringing had me nearly colliding with the nearest couch and toppling over backward.

“Phone,” Nikolai said in an amused voice. “It’s just a phone Maya.”

I managed to croak out a weak, “yeah.” But was anything as it seemed with him? No, not at all, so excuse me for freaking out over the phone ringing.

“Yes.” He answered on the second ring, his gaze trained on the floor. He checked his watch then motioned for me to approach the receptionist desk. “No, no that should work out just fine, I have a new… employee.” His eyes found mine.

I wasn’t so sure I liked the way he said employee, like I was disposable.

Or edible.

He licked his lips, eying me up and down before glancing back at the floor again. “Give me twenty minutes, then the usual.”

He hung up the phone and swore.

“Problem in crazy land?” I asked sweetly.

“I don’t believe the contract you signed this afternoon said anything about sarcasm. Or speaking.”

“Maybe you should have put that in then before I signed on the dotted line… sir.”

His eyes narrowed. “Unfortunate….”

“What is?”

“That you don’t mean that term of respect the way it should be meant… I could get used to it.”

“Yeah, I bet.”

“Turn.”

“Excuse me?”

“Around.” He placed his hands on my shoulders and twisted my body toward a white door with two windows. “I have exactly eighteen and a half minutes to teach you the basics before we have our first patient.”

“I’m seeing real patients?”

Nikolai didn’t answer. I’d begun to notice that about him. If he didn’t want to answer he simply… refused to speak, as if he didn’t owe me anything.

He opened the door leading to the hallway and ushered me through, the lights flickered on all by themselves, lighting up rooms on either side of me. Each of them looked sterile enough that I could probably lick the floors and still be safer than eating while typing on my laptop.

“And behind door number one,” Nikolai whispered in my ear, causing a chill to run down both my arms.

He pushed the door open it made a suction noise and then closed behind us. He stretched his arms above his head and cracked his neck then pulled out a pair of latex gloves.

I gulped and tried to stop the sudden panic that sliced through me, “Are we, examining someone?”

He paused, his hands hovering over the sink and table facing the corner. “It would be prudent for you to remember the terms of the contract, Maya.”

Right. No questions, or talking.

“Do I need gloves?”

“Is that still a question? Also, if you keep talking, I may remove your tongue, you’ve been given fair warning.”

Did he just say he was going to cut my tongue out? Holy shit, he really was crazy! Did the medical journals know this? Society? People of earth? How did he hide this side of him? I was full on panicking at that moment.

Instead of bossing me around like I figured he’d do, he clapped his hands twice, powder flying off his gloves, more violin music began to come through an unseen sound system.

To be completely honest it was creepy.

Not soothing. Kind of like the music they play in the elevator in hopes to make you forget that you could plummet to your death at any point.

I leaned against the wall and watched him pull out metal instruments. Two scalpels, which made me think surgery. It killed me not asking, and when he pulled out a respirator and grabbed an IV bag, my hands began to shake against my body.

What exactly where we doing? Performing surgery? And in what world was I even close to being adequately capable of doing anything like that? I was studying diseases, but not in the literal sense where I cut up bodies and peered inside—that was a different major, a different type of person.

Books. I liked books.

Hands on experience? No, thank you.

“You will only aid me for a few minutes at a time. When I ask you to leave, you will walk out the door. Shut it behind you and don’t look back. You don’t ask questions. When the phone rings again, answer it and let him know my projected finish time in order to bring in the new patient. You’ll know my projected finish time because I’ll text it to the phone I gave you earlier this afternoon.”

Blood roared in my ears. So much information yet none of it connected or made sense.

“Maya!” he snapped. “Pay attention.”

I swallowed and nodded my head. “Shut the door, don’t look back, don’t ask questions, answer phone, answer your text. Got it?”

His shoulders sagged a bit.

“What if I don’t get your text?”

“Now that…” He smirked. “… is a good question.”

“I’m full of them, just let me ask.”

“I’m sure you are.” His eyebrows drew up in amusement. “If I don’t text, you wait for me. If after two hours you receive nothing. You find the black box located underneath the receptionist desk and follow the instructions. It’s important that you do exactly what those instructions say.”

“Or else?”

“Not the right question.” A muscle flexed in his jaw as he looked away and clenched his fists. “Do you think you can handle all of this?”

“No.”

Nikolai tilted his head and took two steps toward me. Licking his full lips he leaned in and whispered so close to my mouth I could almost taste him. “Lie.”

Afraid to breathe, I answered with a stiff nod and stepped back.

“Now, answer the door.”

“But there’s no—”

A loud knock sounded somewhere in the building.

“End of the hall, open the door, lead our patient in. Again, no questions.”

With more confidence than I felt, since my legs were like rubber as I made my way out of the office, I slowly walked to the end of the hall and opened the door.

I don’t know what I was expecting.

The boogie monster?

ET?

A friggin’ zombie from Walking Dead?

But a girl about my age stood on the other side of the door. She was wearing the shortest skirt I’d ever seen in my entire life. It was black and wrapped so tightly around her thighs it looked painted on. Her heels were tall and red, matching her bright red lipstick and bright red nails.

Blond hair was piled high on her head.

She assessed me just like I was assessing her.

Her eyes narrowed.

A man about six foot seven towered behind her. He had dark sunglasses on and was wearing all black just like me. The unmarked Lexus behind them was still running.

“Um…” I found my voice. “Just this way.”

“How long?” The man asked with a thick Russian accent.

“I’m not sure, I’ll just have—”

He held up his hand and sneered, then rubbed his bald head with that same hand. “Never mind.”

I opened the door wider and let the girl through.

She smelled like bubble gum. And she looked like a stripper, walked like a stripper, if I didn’t know any better I’d think Nikolai had some sort of… agreement with his patients or they weren’t patients at all. A sickening feeling started churning in my gut as I led her to the room and opened the door.

“Hey, Doc.” She winked and sat on the table. “This can’t take long because I have like, a few clients I need to get to tonight, big money.”

“Ah, big money?” Nikolai repeated then nodded to me.

I shut the door and waited, my back leaning against the furthest wall just in case he did something that meant I needed to run away—as fast as possible.

Not that there would be anywhere I could disappear to where he or my mafia boss father wouldn’t find me.

Dead if I went.

Tortured if I stayed?

I shook the thought away and watched as he engaged the girl as if she was the cutest thing on the planet.

He smiled, freaking smiled at her, flirted with her, and touched her. I wasn’t jealous, just… irritated, whatever, I was tired and still freaked out.

“So, Natalia,” he purred. “How has business been going? Any complaints?”

“I never get complaints.” She giggled behind her hand then leaned forward, her breasts practically toppling out of her low cut sparkly white shirt. “You should know that by now…”

Gross.

“Of course I do,” he said in a smooth as sin voice. “Open up for me just a bit.”

She opened her mouth while he looked inside and frowned. “How long have the sores been back?”

Sores?

“A few days.” She shrugged. “But you know they always go away when you give me medicine.”

“Like all good doctors.” He flashed another grin. “Alright… Maya.”

My head jerked to attention. “Yes?”

“Across the hall is the storage closet. Can you please get me a small vial of JR 88?”

“Sure.” With a gulp, I quickly went across the hall to get the vial. The storage closet was more of a drug addict’s paradise. There were enough pills to get a person high for eons—on top of that he had vials of things I couldn’t even pronounce. I finally located the right one and hurried back into the room.

Just in time to see Nikolai tuck the scalpel into the lapel of his jacket and pull out a needle.

I handed over the vial and waited.

With precision, he dipped the needle into the bottle then pulled a small amount, maybe the size of a pea, into the syringe. “Now, I know you hate needles.”

“Ah but your poking always makes me feel better, doc.” She winked.

And I again fought the urge to puke all over his perfect floors.

“All the girls do.” He winked right back.

Was I the only one not winking? Not flirting?

He licked his lips, stabbing her arm with the needle and slowly injecting whatever the hell he’d told me to grab. He quickly pulled the needle out once the medicine was gone.

She slumped back, her legs and mouth falling open as if she’d just lost the desire to rein it in. Her eyes rolled up and back, and with a snort or maybe a laugh, she lay back.

Nikolai placed the vial onto the table, pulled out an IV and inserted it into her wrist, taping it in place.

I was still trying to figure out what he was doing when his head snapped up. “What are you still doing here?”

“I—”

“Leave.” He dismissed me with a wave of his hand.

With one final look at the drugged girl, I put my hand on the door knob and twisted.

He told me never to look back.

But I was too curious not to make that attempt.

And my curiosity was only made worse when I saw the reflection of the scalpel in his hand through the window of the door.

“Maya.” His tone was gruff. “Do your job.”

I didn’t look back but the music, the same violin music that had driven me insane, got louder, as if he needed the noise to block out whatever he was doing.

Not my business, not my problem.

I quickly made my way back into the receptionist area and sat down.

The J screen saver was on the computer. I clicked it on.

Internet!

No way

Almost too easy.

“I wouldn’t,” a chipper female voice said. “Then again, I always liked to push his buttons too.”

I glanced up from the screen and came face to face with the most gorgeous elderly lady I’d ever seen in my entire life.

“Can I, uh, help you?”

“No.” Her smile was warm. “But I think I can help you—you’re my new replacement.”

“Oh.”

“One of thirty he’s had over the last two years.” Her shoulders shook with amusement. “Man can’t keep a woman to save his life.” And then she burst out laughing as if it was the funniest thing in the world. “And you’d think with those looks, that brain, that body.” She fanned herself and peeked down the hall. “Still at it, huh?”

“Um, first of the day. Who did you say you were?”

“A friend.” She smiled and held out her hand. “You can call me Jaclyn, or just Jac for short.”

“Jac.” I repeated shaking her soft hand. The woman had more diamonds decorating her fingers than what seemed possible. Each of them sparkled as if telling their own story of love and riches. “So, I’m the thirtieth intern huh?”

“Is that what he told you?”

“Not exactly.”

“Intern.” She chuckled. “Has a nice ring to it. Has he texted you yet?”

“No, but—”

“He will, he always does. Only had to use the black box once.” She nodded, and her eyes fell. “But that was a long, long time ago.”

“Um—”

“Oh!” She clapped her hands together, making her entire outfit shake. Wait, was she wearing bells or something? I stood and looked over the counter. The woman couldn’t be any taller than five-foot-one. She had red cowboy boots with bells on the tassels and skinny jeans matched with a white sweater. What should have looked stupid looked classy and stylish, like she’d just walked out of Urban Outfitters. Huh. “Why don’t I show you the schedule?”

“Alright, but Nikolai didn’t say—”

“Nikolai?” Her lips pressed together. “That’s allowed then?”

“What is?”

“His first name.”

“Apparently.”

“You must be special.” She smiled brighter. “I’m the only one who calls him by that… then again I’m also the only one who’s ever seen the man behind the mask.”

“So there’s two of them?” I joked.

“Oh, yes.” She nodded seriously. “Never forget how important it is to separate the two. Here he’s a god.”

“As opposed to?”

“Anywhere else…” She placed her hand on mine and squeezed. “He’s just a man. Never forget that, sweetheart.”

With that, she released my hand and waved at her eyes as if she was going to burst into tears at any moment.

“Goodness, my emotions get me these days. Now, let’s look at that schedule, and I’ll try to sort out any questions you may have before that elusive text comes through.”

“And then what?”

“What dear?”

“After the text?”

“Oh, you bring in the next girl.”

“Are they…” I swallowed. “Prostitutes?”

“Labels really do nothing for me.” She shrugged again and pulled out a chair plopping right next to me. “If you’re really good, tomorrow morning I’ll bring you a latte, what’s your favorite?”

“Anything with caffeine.”

She paused, her eyes getting misty again. “I do hope you last, dear.”

“And the others? They quit?”

Her eyes fell to the keyboard as she pulled a hanky from her purse and blew her nose. “Now, the schedule…”

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About The Author

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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!

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October Brazen Blitz 10/19-1/023 featuring Played by Clare James

If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control. Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they’ve got the hero destined to melt your… heart. Visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on Pinterest.
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The music should be enough. End of story. But Aaron Major is finding out it’s not, and now his agent has hired a firm of suits to help launch his debut album, turning his life into a goddamn circus. Smile here. Play there. Be nice. Well, screw that. If Aaron wanted to spend his time shaking hands and kissing babies, he would’ve gone into politics.

Helping launch the career of country singer Aaron Major should be a cakewalk for PR pro Melody Sharp. Aaron is charming, sexy, and oh-so-appealing when he’s on stage. Off stage, though, he’s her worst nightmare. A stubborn, ornery, reclusive nightmare without a lick of business-or fashion-sense. The only way he’s going to make it in music is with a serious makeover-and quite possibly a personality transplant.

Soon, they’re engaged in a game of give and take, and though it’s Melody calling the shots, it’s Aaron who holds all control…

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About Clare James

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

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New release review: Finding Emma by K. Ryan

  

Title: Finding Emma

Series: Standalone
Author: K. Ryan
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:5/5 stars!

Synopsis: For the last year, Emma Owens has been quietly detached from everything and everyone. Desperate to escape the demons that chased her out of her hometown, she’s learned that life here in Milwaukee is just less complicated and less tragic when it’s a one-woman show. 
In the span of one week, everything about her carefully orchestrated solitude comes crashing down. Then again, she can’t really ignore the scratching coming from her patio door or the hungry, pleading grey eyes reflecting in the moonlight. Those four little white paws and that tiger-striped fur thaws some of the ice keeping her heart on lockdown and she’s attached before she knows what hits her. Emma doesn’t have any better luck ignoring another pair of eyes, and her new neighbor, Finn Matthews, with his shy persistence and a painful past of his own, slowly chips away at the rest of the ice trapping Emma in her insecurities and her loneliness. 
Taking a chance on her new roommate and her next-door neighbor opens a door she’d previously slammed shut: the door to a new lease on life and the right to forgive, to fight back, and to heal. 
And the craziest part about it? 
It all started with a stray cat. 
She was lost and he found her. 
**Finding Emma is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance. Due to language and some sexual situations, this book is not intended for readers under 18** 

My Review: It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that, when I finished it, I want to drop everything and post a review. I literally finished this book less than 30 minutes ago. It’s also rare for a book to be on my mind this much. There is just so much I want to say about Finding Emma.  

While Finding Emma is a romance at its core, the book goes way beyond that. This is more the just a fluffy romance. As I read the book, I went through a lot of emotions – happy, sad, angry (and not necessarily for the reasons you might think). I laughed. I cried. I cheered and I cursed. This book kind of put me through the wringer. 

There is a real depth to the main characters, Emma and Finn, that goes beyond the usual hero and heroine of a love story. Finn has a tortured romantic past involving betrayal that has left him a lonely shell of his former happy self. Ryan develops his character into a strong leading man that is mature and reasonable and realistic. Emma is a broken young woman. She made a choice that later came back to haunt her and sent her into a self-imposed prison of shame, distrust and loneliness. It takes cat named Oliver to finally let Emma see herself a little differently and to bring her and Finn together. 

I won’t spoil on all the details, but the real star of this book is social issue that is at the core of Emma’s issues. The issue is real and it is devastating and life-altering and absolutely unforgivable (this is my opinion and my opinion alone). I won’t spoil the specific details, but I will say it involves cyber-bullying and cyber-bullying is never okay. I also recommend you read the Author’s Note at the end of the book. I also wanted to comment on the author’s suggestion that this is not necessarily appropriate for readers under 18. There are sexual situations in the book, but only a few and they are very tastefully written with only implication and not description. I say this because I feel the subject matter is important enough and written honestly enough that I would allow my teenager to read it to fully understand the implications of the issue. 

I try to give honest reviews and no book is perfect. My only real criticism with Finding Emma was the length. There were a few sections of the book I found incessantly wordy, important to the story, but could have been pared down a bit. Otherwise, that’s all I’ve got. 

Finding Emma is an emotional ride that takes you on a journey to redemption, acceptance and love. 

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New release book review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  

Title: Dirty English

Series: Standalone

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: October 10, 2015

Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars!
Synopsis: THE BRITISH ARE COMING! THE BRITISH ARE COMING! ARE YOU READY? 
From New York Times best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new stand alone romance… 
A scarred fighter. 

A girl with rules. 

One night of unbridled passion. 
There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end. 

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex. 

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window. 

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more. 

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever. 
One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime. 

Review: There is a lot going on in this book. As I read, I almost thought it was too much and I worried Madden-Mills wouldn’t be able to tie up loose ends, but she did and it was all worth it.   

So what do you get? You get a broken heroine who doesn’t trust and uses sex to remain in control. You get a hot, sexy, British street fighter who loves like he fights. Their attraction is undeniable, but they fight their attraction until they can’t fight anymore. You also get danger, conniving exes and a hysterical twin (who desperately deserves his own book). You won’t regret this British Invasion. 

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Book review: Dirty Lies (The Burke Brothers #3) by Emma Hart

  

Title: Dirty Lies

Series: The Burke Brothers #3

Author: Emma Hart

Publication Date: October 12, 2015

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5 rockin’ stars!!!!
Synopsis: Bad boy drummer Aidan Burke of Dirty B takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart’s hotly anticipated follow-up to Dirty Past and Dirty Secret!
Aidan Burke is the perfect rebound guy for Jessie Law after she catches her asshole ex-boyfriend with his hands down some other girl’s pants. The world-famous drummer of Dirty B isn’t shy about his preference for no-strings-attached relationships, so when she meets him on a night out, she takes him up on his simple proposal: One night of fun. Hot sex. Zero expectations.
But Dirty B’s tour is over, and they’re back in South Carolina—which means running into Aidan more often than Jessie would like.
When Aidan saves Jessie from her ex-boyfriend by insisting the two are dating, the band’s manager convinces them to keep up the charade in the hopes of re-inventing Dirty B’s image as lovable bad boys, as opposed to d-bags. Now all Aidan and Jessie have to do is put on a very obvious, very public show to convince everyone their affection is real.
But pretending to be in a relationship is harder than it seems. Aidan’s hordes of jealous fans have no problem bombarding Jessie with threatening messages online—and worse. And things only get more complicated when Jessie realizes her feelings for Aidan may not be so fake after all. Can Jessie live with the risks? And is Aidan willing to let her? 
Review: So every time I read a Burke Brothers book, I say it’s my favorite. I loved Connor. I loved Tate. I LOVE Aidan. Oh how I love him and his manwhore self. So cocky and self-assured, but when the boy finally loves, he loves hard…it just takes loads of denial and some serious jealousy to finally get there. Oh, and he has to convince Jessie to get on board, because the boy messed up in a big way. 

So, what do you get with this gem of a book? Denial, attraction, hot rocker boys, meddling family, a sassy girl who needs convincing, a hot boy in some serious denial and a sweet little girl who is going to be richer than all of them. Mix it all together and you get one fantastic read.

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Book Review: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

  

Title: Hollywood Dirt

Series: Standalone

Author: Alessandra Torre
Publication Date: September 7, 2015

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5 super sexy stars!!!

Synopsis: Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town. 

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. 

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. 

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. 

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.
Review: This is the first Alessandra Torres book I’ve read and now I’m pretty much obsessed. I loved the characters of Cole and Summer. Cole is a pompous ass with a soft side. He just wants to be loved. Not to mention he is sexy as hell. Summer is sassy and fun and doesn’t not put up with crap from anyone. They are both flawed in ways that make them believable and you can’t help but love them both. The book has so much substance. This not a fluffy romance. This is a full-bodied romance, like a great red wine. This is a fun, sexy romance with just the right amount of angst and some truly hysterical scenes involving arguments, Walmart and a rooster. What more could you want? 

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New release review: Played by Clare James

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Title:  Played, an Elite PR Novel

Series: Elite PR

Author: Clare James

Publisher: Entangled Brazen

Publication Date: 10/19/2015

Genre:  Adult Contemporary

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:  Played by Clare James

The music should be enough. End of story. But Aaron Major is finding out it’s not, and now his agent has hired a firm of suits to help launch his debut album, turning his life into a goddamn circus. Smile here. Play there. Be nice. Well, screw that. If Aaron wanted to spend his time shaking hands and kissing babies, he would’ve gone into politics.

Helping launch the career of country singer Aaron Major should be a cakewalk for PR pro Melody Sharp. Aaron is charming, sexy, and oh-so-appealing when he’s on stage. Off stage, though, he’s her worst nightmare. A stubborn, ornery, reclusive nightmare without a lick of business-or fashion-sense. The only way he’s going to make it in music is with a serious makeover-and quite possibly a personality transplant.  Soon, they’re engaged in a game of give and take, and though it’s Melody calling the shots, it’s Aaron who holds all control…

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

My Review:   A story of a down-on-his-luck Country music bad-boy that is in desperate need of an image makeover as his comeback nears and a down-on-her-luck publicist who desperately needs to prove herself to her boss.  They find each other by chance, but they are just who the other needs…even if they don’t know it, at first.  When they are both close to losing hope, they find what they need in each other.  A hot, romantic story of second chances, trust and love.  This second novel in the Elite PR series will leave you singing a happy love song.

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