Book Blitz and Giveaway: Without a Doubt by Lindsay Paige

Without a Doubt
Lindsay Paige
Publication date: December 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Emerson Montgomery loves his high school sweetheart, Kelly Price. He’d do anything for her, including agreeing to a break where they’ll see other people as he heads off to college. Struggling with the break and guilt over dating other people, Emerson meets Eva, a beautiful, funny, easygoing, and nosey junior.

Eva Harvey chose this particular college with the hopes of fulfilling her own fairytale and falling in love at the same college where her parents met. She does her best to go with the flow and simply see what happens, but Emerson simultaneously causes her to fall in love while making her second guess everything along the way.

There’s some things you know without a doubt. However, Eva causes Emerson to doubt everything he believes about his future while he causes her to doubt what’s right in front of her. Can they find a way to erase all doubts or will it tear them apart in the process?

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EXCERPT:

“You fixed breakfast?”

Eva glances over her shoulder before doing a double take. “Uh, yeah. Shouldn’t you be getting dressed?”

“Am I making you uncomfortable?” I ask teasingly.

“As uncomfortable as you would be if I walked into the room wearing only a towel.” She picks up her sandwich, takes a bite, and then faces me. “You can’t have yours until you put on clothes.”

I laugh. “Okay, okay.”

By the time I change and make it back to the kitchen, Eva is walking past me to take her own shower. I eat my sandwich and then start getting my books together. I’m grabbing a pen from the end table in the living room when I hear, “Emerson.” I lift my head to see Eva leaning against the threshold of the hallway. A white towel is wrapped around her body and her hair. I swallow hard at the sight of her. Ample cleavage looks strained from underneath the towel, one of her legs is showing from the hip down thanks to her not having the towel completely wrapped around her, and her damp skin shines.

“Just wanted to prove a point,” she says before turning and walking to my bedroom.

“Feel free to prove points more often,” I call after her, causing her to laugh.

 

Author Bio:

Lindsay Paige is the author of multiple Young Adult, New Adult, and Sports romances. She also coauthors sports romances with Mary Smith. Along with writing, she loves reading, watching hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins, and finding funny terrible puns and recipes on Pinterest. All the while, she is also focused on completing college.

Lindsay resides in North Carolina and is inspired by the world around her and the people in it. She is currently working on numerous solo works and a couple of projects with coauthor Mary Smith as well.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise

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BEYOND THE STARS by Stacy Wise
December 16th, 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK

BEYOND THE STARS
Author: Stacy Wise
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Embrace
Release Date: 02/08/16
SYNOPSIS:

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

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Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016).

She has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband and four children.

When she’s not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at a kickboxing gym, cheering for her kids at their numerous sporting events, or walking her dogs, Bailey and Rex.

Stacy is repped by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Stop by her website, stacywise.com, or visit her on Twitter @stacywisebooks to say hi.

FUN FACTS ABOUT STACY

*She worked in casting on shows including The X Files, Married…With Children, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Party of Five.

*She married the guy next door.

*If she could steal anyone’s singing voice and make it her own, she’d choose Lauren Alaina’s.

*She became obsessed with Australia as a kid. She’s been there three times, and it always feels like home

*While in Australia, she inadvertently took a shower with a spider the size of a shoe.

*A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle was one of her favorite books as a kid. She still loves it.

*She’d make a great detective or secret agent. (Or maybe she’s just really good at watching Dateline.)

*Taylor Swift plays on repeat when she’s writing.

*She once ran a 10k without training for it to prove to her husband she could.

*Spicy food is her favorite!

 

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New Release Review: Malibu Secrets by M. K. Meredith

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Title: Malibu Secrets
Series: Malibu Sights

Author: M. K. Meredith
Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Format: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 270 pages

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Where to buy:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Every girl has a secret (or two)…
On the verge of losing the Malibu home she inherited from her great-aunt, Addi Dekker is completely failing to prove to her family she can make it as a writer. Not exactly how a girl proves her independence. If she doesn’t want to give up her dream and go back to the soul-sucking job she just left, Addi has to swallow her dislike of Hollywood and rent the house out to the sexy-as-hell film producer.
And maybe (shhhh!) save money by secretly living there, too.
Roque Gallagher is pouring his heart and savings into his first independent film to make the industry acknowledge him for his talent and not just his family name. Addi’s home is perfect for the shoot, but she’s far too tempting. He’s never been able to handle work and a relationship, and this is the film of a lifetime. Between a shrinking budget and his director quitting, the last thing he needs is a sexy-as-sin tease like Addi. And he has a feeling there’s something she’s hiding…

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

Review: Malibu Secrets is an enjoyable, sweet romance about two people with something to prove who find they need each other. When their pasts and secrets threaten to ruin things, can they find support in each other?

Addi’s family thinks she’s irresponsible and out of control. Roque wants to make a name for himself in Hollywood without his family’s name or money helping him. Addi needs help to save her inherited house.  Roque needs to make his independent film perfect.  They need each other to succeed in proving their worth to their families, but secrets and lies get in the way.

I liked the book once it finally got going. It was a little slow in the beginning, but the pace picked up nicely as the book went along. Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel the connection between Addi and Roque. It was there, but I think it just needed a little kick.  However, there was a happily ever after that was satisfying, the writing solid and the characters likable.  The plot was unique and that is a good thing.

If you like romance, Hollywood and HEAs, then this book might be for you.

New Release Review: The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske

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Title:  The Fix up

Series:  First Impressions

 

Author:  Tawna Fenske

Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck

Publication Date:  December 14, 2015

Format: eBook

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Pages:  191 pages

 

Rating:  5/5 stars

 

Where to buy:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:  Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

 

 

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

 

Review:   Who doesn’t love a good nerd to stud story?  (Can’t Buy Me Love anyone?  Does that date me?  Probably.  J )  The Fix Up is sexy story that is full of sexy moments and witty banter that had me swooning one minute and laughing out loud the next.  Plus there is Ben…oh my, Ben!

 

I kind of love Ben.  Okay, not kind of.  I love Ben.  He is one naughty nerd.  He and Holly meet by chance and she agrees to turn him from nerd to hottie.  Holly is a PR specialist and Ben needs one.  He is adorkable and awkward, but under that geeky exterior hides an alpha just waiting to be released.  Perfect right?  Yes.  Yes it was.  There back and forth between Ben and Holly had me laughing out loud.  The attraction between then is hot and sexy.

 

I loved this book and think you will, too.

 

 

 

Book Blitz: Happily Ever After by J.A. Huss

Happily Ever After: A Day in the Life of the HEA
J.A. Huss
((Rook & Ronin Series))
Publication date: December 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Life in Rook & Ronin’s world has been bliss for fifteen years. Rook, Veronica, and Ashleigh are still BFF’s raising their kids together. Ronin, Spencer, and Ford have managed to go legit and stay out of trouble. And they have a pack of kids running around the eight thousand square foot Vail mansion they all share for the holidays—begging for gifts, and fun, and love.

But every HEA has problems.

Five is fifteen and getting ready to go off to college. He’s put it off as long as he could in order to stay close to Princess Shrike, but his stay of execution is over and in three weeks he’s off to Oxford. But Five can’t leave until he gets the only thing he’s ever wanted. The heart of his Princess.

Ford and Ashleigh never had any more children after Five. And now that Kate is sixteen, Ashleigh is out of her head with desire for just one more chance to have a baby in the house.

Rook and Ronin have two beautiful daughters, but Sparrow is growing up too. And she just got a job offer that has Ronin crazed with paternal worry.

And Spencer is the father of a fifteen-year-old princess who looks way too much like her Bombshell mother for his comfort level.

Join the whole Rook & Ronin gang for a Team Christmas you will never forget.

There are SEVEN BOOKS in the Rook & Ronin series before this one. This is not a standalone. Rook & Ronin Series & Spinoffs (1) Tragic – Rook & Ronin

(2) Manic – Rook & Ronin

(3) Panic – Rook & Ronin

(4) Slack – Ford & Ashleigh

(5) Taut – Ford & Ashleigh

(6) Bomb – Spencer & Veronica

(7) Guns – Spencer & Veronica

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EXCERPT:

SPENCER

I ease out of the room quietly and take the baby downstairs. The house is big and the kitchen is far, but I can hear the bustle of kids and dogs before I even make it downstairs. When I walk in, it’s a madhouse.

I love this fucking madhouse. My girls are all laughing and talking a mile a minute. Belle is stuffing her face with pancakes, Jasmine and Ariel are clinking their OJ glasses together like they are having a secret toast, and Rory is…

I squint my eyes at Rory. She’s talking to Five, but that’s not what makes me squint my eyes. She’s wearing a Shrike Trikes t-shirt and sweat pants, but it’s the way… it’s the shape of her…

“Daddy,” Rory squeals, getting up from her stool at the breakfast bar and coming towards me. “Five wants to know—”

“Absolutely not.”

She stops short. “What?” Her smile falters.

Cindy smacks her little fist into my eyeball, and I have to take a deep breath. “I’m sorry, what were you going to ask?” I eye Five suspiciously. I know he’s always liked her, but he’s so weird. Like Ford, just weird. Always wearing those suits. Always on that computer. And he’s been in and out of different college programs since he was ten or eleven. He’s gone a lot and that’s the way I like it.

But today he looks… different. Different in the same way that Rory looks different in her innocent nightclothes. He almost looks normal in his flannel pajama pants and Shrike t-shirt. Add in the fact that his normally perfectly coiffed hair is messed up a little like he just rolled out of bed, and I get flushed with anger.

In fact, Rory’s long blonde hair is all messed up too. Flowing over her shoulders like an unruly waterfall. And Five is looking at her the way I look at the Bomb.

“But Daddy,” Rory pleads. “I need to go shopping.”

“Shopping?” I ask, ratcheting down my suspicions and getting a hold of my paranoia as the seconds tick off.

“Yeah, we don’t want to ski today. We want to go shopping in the Village.”

Shopping. I mull it over in my head. Lots of people there. Crowds of people, actually. Not private, in other words. “Maybe,” I say. “But I’m pretty sure Ford is counting on you to help him, Five.”

“Mr. Shrike,” Five starts. “I’ve already cleared it with my father. Kate’s helping him today. Right, Kate?” He looks over at his sister and there’s… there’s some kind of secret look going on between the two of them.

“Yup,” Kate says. She is as normal as Five is strange. And she’s been Ford’s little sidekick since day one. But she’s smarter than people give her credit for. I think she secretly likes it that way. Like being underestimated is the best gift she ever got out of being Ford’s adopted daughter. “Ford and I are skiing a double black once the kids are finished.”

“Well,” I say, eyeing my brood. Rory needs a chaperone. Belle, Jas and Ariel won’t go shopping. They love Ford too much to skip out on a whole day with him on the slopes. And there’s no chance in hell that Rook and Ronin will have time to shop today. Sparrow has ballet rehearsal before The Nutcracker tonight. “Oliver,” I say, smiling. “Ollie, my boy. You don’t want to ski today, do you? You hate skiing.” He does too, he can’t ski worth a shit. “Will you go with Rory and finds something extra-special pretty for Mommy today? She’s tired and needs a pick-me-up present before Santa comes.”

“Yay!” Oliver says. “Yes, yes, yes! I want to go shopping with Five. He’s the best, Daddy.”

I roll my eyes. “OK, good. You can go, Princess, but…” I look at Five. “But…”

“But what, Daddy?” Rory asks.

But what am I going to say to Five? You touch my girl, I’ll break your fingers? I’ll grab that shotgun I’m hiding under my bed and—“Just be home in time for dinner. Your mom is making something special tonight.”

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Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Book Blitz and Giveaways: Coming Home Series by Meli Raine

Return
Meli Raine
(Coming Home #1)
Publication date: July 28th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

MY HEART WANTS A KIND OF JUSTICE THE LAW CAN’T GIVE

On a dark, rainy night I drove my overstuffed junker car back to a town I never expected to see again.

And when I needed a rescue by the side of the road, a six-foot tall piece of hot, unfinished business named Mark was what the universe sent me.

Three years earlier I’d fled town (and Mark) to follow my wrongly-convicted father to his federal prison, working crappy jobs to stay afloat and visit him every second I could. But now Dad’s dead and I’m mysteriously offered the best job of my life at the college where his life blew up when he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Someone wants me here. Desperately.

I’m hoping it’s Mark.

Because if it’s not, I’m in more danger than I ever imagined.

And if it is?

Mark may be the most dangerous choice of all.

RETURN is book 1 in the Coming Home romantic suspense trilogy by Meli Raine.

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EXCERPT:

It’s him. Mark. My ex-boyfriend.

I can’t look. I just…can’t. Too many memories are in that face. That rugged, handsome face. My heart jumps up like an excited puppy, wagging in my chest, eager to be acknowledged and touched. The rest of me shoves it down.

Officer Mark Paulson stands in front of me in uniform, soaking wet, his hat making the rain fall in streaks in front of him. The curtain of water catches my eye. It’s easier to watch it than to stare at him. If I did stare, though, I know what I would see.

Broad shoulders under that crisp black uniform shirt. A thin scar running under his jaw, where he was knifed in a fight when he did a tour in Afghanistan. Wet, blonde hair I used to love to stroke. Gentle hands that once cupped my face. Eyes that could draw me in with a hot breath. The tender taste of lips meant only for me.

He speaks, pulling me out of the memory. Stop it, Carrie, I think. Stop with the dreams you destroyed.

“You okay?” he asks, looking around swiftly. He’s worried. That’s really touching. It’s nice to know he cares. Three years is long enough for him to stop hating me, right?

And I know he hates me.

He has to. I disappeared one day and never said goodbye to him. When you do that to someone, they tend to really resent it. Especially if they love you.

“I’m, uh…” My voice fails me as I watch the water fall in sheets down his cap. “My tire blew.”

He thumps his hand on the car door. “She’s still around, huh?” I know he means the car, but it feels like a dig. Like he’s cutting into me for leaving.

Like he’s still hurt.

If he’s still hurt, that means the feelings haven’t faded, and if his feelings are still that strong, then mine make more sense. I thought when I left town I would shed so much damage and hurt. Because leaving town meant I could leave behind so much pain.

But leaving Mark? That meant the pain came with me.

I start to shiver. It’s not from the cold and the rain. Those arms. The rain drops gather and ripple down his taut muscles, dotted with a sprinkling of dark hair. I remember when I was in those arms.

I remember every single time he touched me.

 

Author Bio:

Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them.

Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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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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Looking for some naughty reads that are oh-so-nice? Welcome the newest Brazen releases to your ereader today!
 
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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…

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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.