Blog Tour: 3.5 Stars for The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood + a playlist!

The Rule Maker

by Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Breakers #2
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis: Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)

2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.

3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.

4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.

5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.

6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.

7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.

8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.

9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.

10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

 

My Review:

3.5 Stars!

Jennifer Blackwood has given us a sweet, rom-com with tons of heart! A swoon-worthy hero and a sassy heroine/jilted lover make for a fantastically fun weekend read!

I think what I enjoyed the most was the banter between Ryder, Zoey and Zoey’s brain. Zoey is a bit immature, but I’m okay with that. Ryder is practically perfect. He’s funny, polite, pushes Zoey when she needs to be pushed, but is loyal and oh so sexy.

What I didn’t enjoy, was the whole thou shalt not sleep with a client concept. I get that Ryder is technically her client, but come on, there are ways around that. Unfortunately, though, without that little caveat to their relationship, there would have been no book and that just didn’t sit well with me. Then, Zoey goes and considers quitting just to be with Ryder?? Um, no, girl. Don’t do it!

A fun, flirty, weekend read with heart!

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MUSIC PLAYLIST – The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Playlist:
Bad Blood- Taylor Swift

Neighbors Know My Name by Trey Songz

3:16 AM by Jhené Aiko

Partition by Beyoncé

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

Stay With Me Sam Smith

Want To Want Me by Jason Derulo

Pony by Ginuwine

Tonight (Best You Ever Had) by John Legend

Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

DON’T MISS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SIZZLING RULE BREAKERS SERIES!

The Rule Book

by Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Breakers #1
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis: Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.
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ABOUT JENNIFER BLACKWOOD

Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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New Release! 4 Stars for Intended for Bristol by L.P. Dover

 

 

Title: Intended for Bristol

Series: Second Chances #9 (Standalone)

Author: L.P. Dover

Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 6, 2016

 

 

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L. P. Dover’s tantalizing Second Chances series scores once again as the Carolina Cougars’ infamous bad boy takes a shot at seducing a driven career woman who’s supposed to be out of bounds.Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. Fans and teammates alike treat him with the disrespect he figures he deserves. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more—a lesson in humanity, and in love.

Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.

 

My Review:

4.5/5 Stars!!

I am seriously addicted to LP Dover’s books and here’s the reason why.  LP writes relatable characters with plots that aren’t too over the top, have just the right amount of angst and awesome HEAs.  So, to say I was excited to read this book might be a bit of an understatement.

Jaxon is a pro football player, man whore, bad boy with an ego the size of Texas.  However, under the outward appearance, he is truly a nice guy.  His rep takes a hit and there is talk of him being traded.  His teammates don’t particularly like him, so as payback from all the hatred, he targets a teammate’s little sister…Bristol.

Bristol is a good girl. Sweet, kind and off-limits.  She has been burned by a football player in the past, but she meets Jaxon and she can’t stop thinking about him.

The characters are great.  Jaxon is one of those love to hate him characters that you eventually love more than hate.  Bristol is great.  The two of them together have nice chemistry and there is the perfect amount of steamy goodness.

Another great read from LP Dover!

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“Hey,” I squealed, waving my hand in the air. I was so happy my brother would finally get to meet Jack.

He walked toward me with a smile, but when he caught sight of Jack, that smile turned into an all-out heated glare. “What the fuck are you doing here?” he growled, quickening his pace.

Jack froze and gripped my arm, grumbling, “Shit,” before pulling me around to face him. “Bristol, listen to me. This isn’t how I wanted you to find out.”

Everything was happening so fast, I didn’t know what to think. “Find out what?” I asked desperately.

Before he could reply, Ryan ripped me out of Jack’s hold and pushed him away. Jaw tense, Jack was ready to fight, but I couldn’t let that happen. “Ryan, stop!” I shouted, digging my nails in his shoulder.

Jerking his head around, he glared straight at me. “Do you even know who this cocksucker is? He’s playing you to get back at me.”

I threw my hands in the air. “What the hell are you talking about? How do you even know him?”

Jack’s eyes never left mine, the anguish on his face making me sicker by the second. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like what came out of Ryan’s mouth. He scoffed incredulously and spat at Jack. “He’s Jaxon fucking Reed, the asshole on the team I’ve been telling you about. Don’t tell me you didn’t know?”

Jack stepped forward, but then again, that wasn’t his name. It was Jaxon Reed.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

 
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Blog Tour: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke is available now

Title: Written in the Scars
Author: Adriana Locke
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016
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Falling in love is easy.
Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.
And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.
The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.
Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.
Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.
When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.
Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.
As soon as the call is ended, my finger is in his chest. “You lied to me!”
“Calm down,” he scoffs, clearly entertained by my reaction.
“I’m not calming down! She called you. The girl that you didn’t do anything with.”
I start to march to the door, but his arm is around my waist, dragging me into his arms. “Will you stop acting like this?” he laughs. “What’s wrong with you?”
My arms pinned to my sides, I struggle to break free. “You are what’s wrong with me.”
“Tell you what,” he says, resting his head on the top of my head. “Let’s make a deal.”
“I don’t deal with liars.”
“I don’t normally deal with lunatics, either, but I’m making an exception tonight, so I guess you can too.”
The complete lack of fear or frustration in his voice calms me a little. I stop fighting to pull away.
“Let’s go in and have dinner with our friends. Then we can go to bed and I will tell you everything you want to know about her.” He plants a kiss to the back of my head. “And if you’re a good girl, I’ll let you have my cock after we’re done talking.”
“I doubt I’ll want it,” I sigh, trying to not succumb to him.
“There you go, lying again,” he laughs. Swatting me on my ass towards the house, I reach for his hand. He laces our fingers together and we head inside.
USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
Please contact Adriana at www.adrianalocke.com. She loves to hear from readers. Join Adriana’s Facebook group here or Goodreads group here.
    

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Blog Tour: An Indecent Longing by Stephanie Julian. Check out the playlist!

Today we have the blog tour for An Indecent Longing by Stephanie Julian! We are so excited to share this book. Grab your copy and check out the blog tour!

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About An Indecent Longing:

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Dorrie Haverstick is the one woman Ian Keller wants with a burning passion…and can’t have. Her connection to the man responsible for his father’s death makes her poison. That doesn’t make him want her any less.

Dorrie’s life is filled with secrets. Her beloved father runs the Russian crime family in Philadelphia but keeps her existance a secret. To acknowledge her would put her in constant danger and destroy her reputation as a physician. But his money funds her medical practice and she’s the on-call doctor for his men.

Decorated vet Ben Shaw knows his cousin Ian’s transition from the shadowy world of black ops into regular life has been difficult. But when he sees Ian’s interest in Dorrie, he sees Ian’s salvation in her eyes. There’s only one problem: Ben falls hard for the quiet, driven Dorrie.

Does Ben take Dorrie for himself? Or does he step back and wait for Ian to make his move? Either way, someone’s on the outside. Unless they can agree on one indecent solution…

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Ian and Ben are both jazz fans and that comes from my love of the music. I didn’t always appreciate jazz but, in my other life as a music critic, I cover the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania. I’ve gained a huge appreciation for standards and big band as well as smooth jazz.

So if you’re looking for a playlist for this book, start with the Great American Songbook: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, sung by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn and Nat “King” Cole.

“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,”

“I Got Rhythm,”

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”

“Cheek to Cheek”

If we’re talking big bands, these are a few goods ones:

Harry James’ “One O’Clock Jump”

Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Think (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”

Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing”

And if we’re talking smooth jazz, you can’t go wrong with these:

Rick Braun’s “Tijuana Dance”

Chuck Loeb’s “Pocket Change”

Gerald Veasley’s “Love Letters”

 

 

About Stephanie Julian:

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Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for the adventurous reader. She’s a reformed reporter with a BA in English and a perpetually messy house (and no real desire to do anything about that).

She’s happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

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Blog Tour: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens + Furious Rush Playlist

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Title: FURIOUS RUSH

Author: S.C. Stephens

On Sale: August 23, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $12.99 USD

eBook: $4.99 USD

Audio: $22.98 USD

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The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels!

 

Too fast, too furious—and way too hot to handle…

 

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

 

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

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  1. Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson
  2. Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts
  3. Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
  4. U + Ur Hand – Pink
  5. Shut Up And Drive – Rihanna
  6. Somebody – Natalie Le Rose Jeremih
  7. Get Your Shine On – Florida Georgia Line
  8. Love You Like That – Canaan Smith
  9. Sunshine & Whiskey – Frankie Ballard
  10. Kiss You In The Morning – Michael Ray
  11. Lose My Mind – Brett Eldredge
  12. Get The Party Started – Pink
  13. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  14. Flying Away – Sheppard
  15. Get Out – Casey Abrams
  16. Faster – Matt Nathanson
  17. Let You Run – Mikey Wax
  18. Glow In The Dark – Skylar Grey
  19. I’m Good – The Mowgli’s
  20. Check Yes, Juliet – We The Kings
  21. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  22. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  23. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez
  24. Burn – Ellie Goulding
  25. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  26. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
  27. As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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