New Release Book Review: Kiss Kill Love Him Still

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Title:  Kiss Kill Love Him Still

Series: standalone

Authors:  Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Genre:  New Adult, Mystery & Thrillers

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy: Available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Independent Bookstores

 

Synopsis:  Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.

But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.

The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.

Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

 

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

 

Review:   One of the most refreshingly unique books I’ve read this year!

 

Told from four different POVs, Kiss Kill Love Him Still tells the story of Jackson Landis’s death from the prospective of four women who each had a different connection to him, but all loved him.

 

There are so many twists and turns in this book, it’s like an episode of Pretty Little Liars in your head.  Each of the four women were involved with Jackson in different ways (but telling you how would ruin the book for you).  By the time you are finished with the book, your head will be spinning.

 

If you are looking for something different, unique and highly-entertaining, then run out and get this book ASAP!

 

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Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

 

Jasmine
Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell
out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever
written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with
his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to
Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed…


Men
are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall,
broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine’s life.
Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much
younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no
right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.


But lust is a blinding,
insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down
with it…     

 

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His to Take by Katee Robert

 

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

Find your copy of His to Take by Katee Robert: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads




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Say You’re Mine by Diane Alberts

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…

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New Release Review: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

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Title:  Misconduct

Series: Standalone with HEA

 

Author: Penelope Douglas

Publisher:  Penguin Group

Publication Date: 12/1/2015

Format: eBook, Paperback

Genre:  adult contemporary romance

Pages:  401 pages

 

Rating:  5/5 stars!!!!

 

Synopsis:  From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fall Away series who never fails to deliver a “powerfully written contemporary love story…”*

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students, trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a living, breathing teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

(*STANDALONE, NO CLIFFHANGER*)

 

Review:    Penelope Douglas is one my favorite authors.  Top five, for sure.  Every time I read one of her books, I declare it my favorite.  However, Misconduct is by far my favorite of her books.

 

Misconduct is at its core an adult contemporary romance with all the pieces needed to make a great romance – engaging protagonist, swoon-worthy hero, conflict and, of course, hot sex and a happily-ever-after.  I’ve read a hundred of those in the past six months, some I liked better than others.  However, Misconduct stands out from those other hundred or so books because it is truly a smart book.  This book isn’t just a romance, it’s a platform that speaks on some pretty important topics.

 

Penelope Douglas is not afraid to push the limits of her readers’ imaginations.  Most of her books have alpha males that handle their women with a bit roughly, which is fine because these are books and that’s what makes fiction writing so great.  However, if you are a cynical, overly-critical person such as myself and find it hard to not pick at everything that you would consider an inconsistency in real life, then Douglas’s books can be hard to swallow.  It does not, however, make them any less entertaining or well written.  But, something about Misconduct just clicked for me.

 

The main characters, Easton and Tyler, are smart and believable and realistic.  Tyler is an alpha male all the way, but he’s self-critical and apologetic and real.  Easton is young and beautiful and driven, but she too has a conscience and she is flawed in a realistic way.  The back and forth between the two of them was honest and, at times, hysterically funny.

 

The book description describes a taboo romance.  Truthfully, I think taboo is the wrong word.  Ethically-challenged is probably more appropriate, but ethically-challenged probably doesn’t sell books as well as taboo.  If you aren’t into taboo romances, don’t let that word turn you away from this book.  Taboo isn’t really taboo.  (I can’t explain without giving anything away and I don’t spoil.  So, just take my word for it.  J )

 

In a nutshell, Misconduct is a smart, well-written, sexy romantic read about two fabulous characters and their ethically-challenged romance.  Now go buy it…

 

Extras:  There is a playlist of songs mentioned in the book so you can go out and purchase them, or there is a Spotify playlist with the songs.  Just search Penelope Douglas on Spotify.  There is a Pintrest board for this book.  I read it the first time without the extras.  The second time I read through it I streamed the playlist and followed the Pintrest board.  That was a nice immersive way to enjoy the book.  Finally, at the end of the book, there are a few discussion questions that are insightful and thought-provoking, making this the perfect book for a book club.

New Release Review: Wrong by Jana Aston

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Title:  Wrong

Series: standalone (but can we please get Everly’s story…please?!)

 

Author: Jana Aston

Publisher: Rutherford Press

Publication Date: October 7, 2015

Format: ebook, Paperback

Genre:  Romantic Comedy

Pages:  278 pages

 

Rating:  4/5 stars

 

 

Synopsis:  New York Times USA Today Bestseller

I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

Wrong is a full-length, standalone novel by Jana Aston

 

 

 

Review:   Oh my goodness, this book was hysterically funny.  I laughed to the point of tears reading the first few chapters.  I cannot stress how entertaining this book is. Aston has written a little gem here.  The book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from hysterically funny to emotional.  Wrong is also hot…like sometimes downright scorching.

 

I have to admit something and I’m a little ashamed to say it, but…I hated Luke.  Hated him. He’s the male main character and I could not find one redeeming quality about him.  I tried to love him, like a lot of people who wrote reviews said they did, but I just couldn’t.  It’s possible this is due to the fact that I am a bit of a feminist and if you keep that in mind when you read the book (because you should.  It really is a great book.  Don’t let the fact that I hate Luke deter you) you will probably understand where I’m coming from.  You don’t have to agree.  I just wanted to be honest.  It’s for this same reason, that I kind of didn’t like Sophie, the female main character either.  I have issues…I know this.

 

If any of you out there end up reading this book, someone please reply or email me or tweet at me or whatever about your thoughts on the whole brother thing.  I think it was an unnecessary addition to the book that could have added another layer, but it wasn’t explored well enough to really warrant inclusion.  As is, Aston could have left the brother out of the story completely and it would not have made much difference to the story.  That’s just my two cents.

 

Despite my personal crazy, I really liked the book.  I read it in one day.  The premise wasn’t anything new, but I don’t think it was meant to be.  It’s just not that deep of a book.  It wraps up nicely and despite my feelings on the Luke character, there is an epilogue written from his POV that did redeem him just a little in my opinion.

 

New Release Book Blitz, Review and Giveaway: More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs

More Than Once
Elizabeth Briggs
(Chasing the Dream #4)
Publication date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Special release week price of $0.99! Get this stand-alone holiday romance now before it goes up to full price!

She’s trying to be good. He loves it when she’s bad.

Andrew West is done being the nice guy. After a marriage proposal gone wrong, he’s started over in a new city and he’s never risking his heart again.

Becca Collins is done being the bad girl. After quitting the band she played bass for, she’s going to prove to her family that she’s really changed.

When Becca’s dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job on Christmas Eve, all seems lost, until she runs into a former one night stand–Andrew. To impress her parents, Becca convinces him to pretend to be her perfect boyfriend for their holiday dinner.

After Andrew shows Becca he’s all bad boy in the bedroom, neither wants to pretend anymore. But when Becca’s invited to rejoin her band for a show and Andrew’s forced to face his ex, they both wonder if they’re ready to take a leap again–or if they’re doomed to fail in life and love a second time.

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EXCERPT:

She had to be cold, wearing only a black leather jacket over her clothes, but she didn’t show it. I shrugged out of my coat and stepped close, draping it over her shoulders, even though I’d be freezing in a few minutes in only my suit. Her eyes fluttered open, and she gave me a faint smile. “Thanks.”

I nodded, my throat tightening at the sight of that smile. She wore the sexy, bright red lipstick I remembered from before, and I had the strongest urge to kiss it right off her. God, this girl was dangerous. I’d spent the last few months completely dead inside, yet somehow she’d jolted me back to life in a matter of minutes. Problem was, I wasn’t sure I was ready to be resurrected yet.

She pulled the jacket tighter around herself and took a deep breath. “What about you? Any big plans for Christmas?”

“No plans.” I looked away so she couldn’t see what it cost me to admit that. “I just started at this job a few months ago and I’m trying to make a good impression, so I didn’t want to ask for any vacation time to visit my parents back in Michigan.”

“That’s rough. What about friends here? A nice guy like you must have made some by now.”

“Nope…it’s just me this year.” Friends? Ha. I shrugged it off, rubbing my hands together for warmth. “It’s all right. I have a lot of work to do, and the office will be nice and quiet. I’ll even get paid time-and-a-half if I come in on Christmas Day.” The excuse sounded pathetic even to my ears.

“No shit?” She let out a short, harsh laugh. “That is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard. You can’t be alone at Christmas!”

“It’s not that big a deal, really…”

She suddenly straightened up, her eyes widening. “I have the perfect idea.”

“You do?”

“It’s the best solution to both our problems. You come with me to my family’s holiday dinner tonight and pretend to be my boyfriend. You’re definitely the kind of guy who will impress my parents, and that way you won’t have to spend Christmas Eve alone.”

“Pretend to be your boyfriend?” A wave of panic swept over me at the thought. I wasn’t ready to be anyone’s boyfriend—fake or otherwise. “I’m not sure that’s such a great idea. Couldn’t you just tell your parents what happened?”

“Ugh, of course you would say that. Fine, forget it. It was a stupid idea anyway.” She pushed off the car and unlocked the door with her key.

“Hang on,” I said, taking her arm and turning her back to face me. If she got in that car, I’d probably never see her again, and I couldn’t let her go just yet. Not until I fixed things between us somehow. “What kind of food are we talking here?”

A slight grin touched her lips. “My mom always makes enough food to feed the entire neighborhood. Turkey and ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, five kinds of pies… I could keep going, but you probably get the idea.”

“Hmm, that is very tempting. But are you sure they’d be okay with me showing up unexpectedly?”

“They expect me to bring the perfect boyfriend I’ve been telling them about for weeks. You’ll fit the bill.” She tilted her head and considered. “That reminds me, you’ll have to go by the name Brett, too.”

“Brett?” She was kidding, right? One look at her face told me she wasn’t. I had zero desire to pretend to be some other guy on Christmas Eve, but after getting her fired, how could I possibly say no? I owed her this favor at the very least. “Anything else I should know?”

“Nah, I never told them that much. Just that I was dating a nice, handsome guy.”

I arched an eyebrow. “Hmm, not sure I fit that description.”

“You know you do, pretty boy.” She met my gaze head-on. “Look, after tonight you don’t have to see me again. Once the holidays are over, I’ll tell them we broke up, and we can pretend it never happened. So are you in or out?”

The smart thing to do was to say goodnight and high-tail it back to my car. I wasn’t ready to get involved with any girl, let alone one who turned my insides out with a single look or the slightest touch. But there was something about her that I couldn’t walk away from, not this time.

“All right, I’ll pretend to be your boyfriend tonight…but only if you agree to go on a real date with me later.”

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My Review:

5/5 Stars!!!

Andrew and Becca…gah, I loved them!! This book was so much more than I expected. A story of self-discovery and finding love. Andrew and Becca both suffer heartbreak and lose their sense of self.  They meet and one night between them leaves a lasting impression and leaves them wanting more. They go their separate ways with a promise to call each other, but we all know how that goes.  They reconnect unexpectedly and begin a journey to find themselves in each other. I loved it and I know you will, too! (I really need to read the first three books!)

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the Chasing The Dream romance series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.

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New Release Book Review: More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs

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Title:  More Than Once

Series: Chasing Dreams #4

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Publisher: Victory Editing

Publication Date: 12/1/2015

Genre:  New Adult and College Romance

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:   She’s trying to be good. He loves it when she’s bad.

Andrew West is done being the nice guy. After a marriage proposal gone wrong, he’s started over in a new city and he’s never risking his heart again.

Becca Collins is done being the bad girl. After quitting the band she played bass for, she’s going to prove to her family that she’s really changed.

When Becca’s dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job on Christmas Eve, all seems lost, until she runs into a former one night stand—Andrew. To impress her parents, Becca convinces him to pretend to be her perfect boyfriend for their holiday dinner.

After Andrew shows Becca he’s all bad boy in the bedroom, neither wants to pretend anymore. But when Becca’s invited to rejoin her band for a show and Andrew’s forced to face his ex, they both wonder if they’re ready to take a leap again—or if they’re doomed to fail in life and love a second time.

**A stand-alone holiday novel in the Chasing The Dream series!***

 

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

 

Review:   Andrew and Becca…gah, I loved them!! This book was so much more than I expected. A story of self-discovery and finding love. Andrew and Becca both suffer heartbreak and lose their sense of self. One night leaves an impression and leaves them wanting more. They go their separate ways but reconnect unexpectedly and begin a journey to find themselves in each other. I loved it! (I really need to read the first three books!)