Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Piece of Work - Staci Hart

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Piece of Work
by Staci Hart
Published: May 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.
And maybe my heart.
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Review
5 Stars
Staci Hart is one of those authors that, when she has a new book release, I set aside every other book I'm reading and jump into hers. She always delivers and takes me on journeys I didn't even know I wanted to go on. Piece of Work was no different. Yes, I appreciate art and I have a long distance love for The Met, but I only occasionally reach for interoffice relationship novels. Here I am though, five starring Piece of Work, head over heels in love with cocky boss, Court, and wishing Rin was one of my best friends. I connected with this book, like connected as in I cried from 19% on and it wasn't even a sad, angsty book. I knew exactly what Rin felt like and reading about her journey and self-growth was just so emotionally satisfying for me. The characters were so perfect, the novel is both funny and romantic, and it is filled up with some of the best feminist, self-love inspiration.

"Nothing motivated me more than being told no." 

Told from the alternating perspectives of main characters, Rin and Court, Piece of Work follows the two as Rin takes on an internship role at The Met with Court and his assistant. What seems doomed from the start transforms into a tale of girl power, romance, and owning your future. Rin is like a butterfly, cocooned in the simple world of college and books, but destined for so much more. I really appreciated the thought put into Rin's changes, both in personal style and in her personality. Staci Hart put a lot of emphasis on the ability of a woman to be strong, smart, and beautiful for herself, not for anyone else. A lot of the personal things she went through in the novel I have been through myself, so I easily could put myself in her shoes. I loved Rin's thought process on her clothing and makeup and how she found positive power in the change. Court is as handsome, smart, and cocky as they come. He's sort of like every artistic girl's dream guy, only he's damaged and even the most perfect woman for him will change his mind. Oftentimes in rom-com the male character doesn't develop nearly as much as I'd like him to, his change too swift, not Court from Piece of Work though. He's cliche in many ways, with a meddling father and an awful ex, but his self-development throughout the novel is anything but cliche. His thought process was so fun to read and his embracing of Rin's newfound courage was fantastic. Their interactions were so perfect, even when they were doing things that made me roll my eyes or yell at them. Speaking of interactions, Rin has the best set of friends ever and Court has some epic villain family members. While Rin's friends are lifting her up, Court's family is tearing him down, and yet the two find ways to come together and be something more.

"I wasn't accustomed to-pride. It felt good, strong." 
"I didn't want to hide anymore. I wanted to be seen." 

Of course, it wouldn't be a review of an interoffice relationship novel if we didn't talk about Court's role as Rin's boss. He's the sort of boss that can't be ignored, both due to his looks and his presence. Those two hit it off from the start, though for once it's about their smarts and their shared admiration for historical art. It's forbidden, absolutely, but it makes for one of the best forbidden relationship storylines. There are so many sparks flying between the two and the romance heat is only turned up higher by the beautiful setting of The Met. With renaissance art everywhere, smut in the library, meddling coworkers, and friends that I'm positive are people I know in real life, it's a rom-com you can't ignore.

"So I kissed him instead and hoped."

I easily could go on about this book for longer, it is just that good. Piece of Work is one of those books I will read again and again. I highly recommend this one from Staci Hart, whether you've read every book she's written like I have or if she's a new-to-you author.
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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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Audiotour: Thirty Day Boyfriend - Whitney G.

Thirty Day Boyfriend
by Whitney G.
Publication Date: November 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I should've never agreed to this arrangement...


I definitely didn't need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute...

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to "show me who the bigger person was" in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.

W e still have 29 more days to go...


About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.) Don’t forget to sign up for Whitney’s monthly newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1p9fEYF


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: Filthy Gods - R. Scarlett

Filthy Gods (American Gods #0.5)
R. Scarlett
Published: May 15, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Prelude in the American Gods series.

Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.

And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I'd sworn I'd never give him the upper hand, until...
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it… and now he has all the power.

*35k Novella


Review
5 Stars
Everyone, and I mean every single person I am friends with who is a fan of indie authors and the romance genre, has suggested this novella to me. Even before it released they were fawning over Nathaniel Radcliffe and gushing about R. Scarlett's portrayal of a smart female heroine who gives in to desire and lust. I apparently can't help but give in to pressure, so I picked up Filthy Gods on release day and saved it for a quiet evening. Oh. My. Gosh. I get it, after reading it all in one sitting, I get it.

I would be better than him. I would be stronger than him. But I felt naked, exposed to him.

R. Scarlett has given us Filthy Gods as a prequel, setting up the stage of what is sure to be a wild ride with the three American Gods. Set over the summer with main character Juliette narrating we learn about the three Gods from the sidelines, only seeing their interactions with Juliette and her love interest, Nathaniel, right hand man to the Gods and member of the elite secret society. They are nemesis' at Yale, their debates long remembered by fellow students and the reason for Juliette's well fed hatred. She wants to hold the power he has, to be better, but she shows her cards and Nathaniel does what he does best, takes control.

I was a mess—he was perfect. Like always.

I am not, at all, a novella or prequel fan usually. I don't like the stage to be set for me early, especially in so few words when I know a full length novel is coming, but R. Scarlett hooked me in. Filthy Gods is set in the same world, but the story clearly does not fit in to the three American Gods' stories that are to come. We are given glimpses of the men, we absolutely have already picked our favorite as a reader, but we are also given a complete, complex story that engages us and absolutely tempts us to read on in order to see more from these characters we have fallen for. Juliette and Nathaniel's story is off-campus, the Yale world still foreign to us and the true power of the men not yet revealed in complete detail. I loved the roles Juliette and Nathaniel had in this novel, the power-play between them was so excellent. I really like a feisty, female heroine who is considered lower in rank, but manages to hold her own among those who do lead. Nathaniel, on the other hand, is every bit of handsome and sexy as I like. He can dirty talk with the best, but he also shows a great deal of respect for others and I appreciated it that considering his role in the secret society.

There was something untouchable, something holy and unholy about the boys. Sacred and sinful all at once. Bastards of Grace. Fame, wealth and power poured out of them. They were the things of legends and myths.

Yes, the tropes in this novel have been done before and we will continue to see them in the future, but R. Scarlett gives us something fresh. The secret society and the men's maturity are vastly different from recent similar novels that I've read. Nathaniel is powerful, rich, and sexy, but he also is loyal, hard working, smart, and respectful. He's the entire package, the bad boy girls desire and the good one they stick with. Just the taste of him and the sneak peaks we saw about the individual Gods' stories was enough to suck me in. I can't wait to see how Gabe, James, and Arsen are similar and different. As for Juliette, she is excellent and this novella was the perfect length for both her downfall and her rise from the ashes, because boy did that girl end up with the true power. I highly suggest Filthy Gods and cannot wait for the remaining novels in the American Gods series to release.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Release Blitz: Sunday’s are for Hangovers - K. Webster & JD Hollyfield

Sundays are for Hangovers
by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: May 21, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

Purchase: Amazon
For nearly a year, they’ve been at war. Cops. Forks. Eggs. Two feuding neighbors who couldn’t be more opposite, forced to live next door to one another. Neither is backing down. She drives him crazy with her loud nineties rap music. He gets under her skin the way he obsesses over his stupid perfect lawn. She fantasizes about having sex with the hot nerd—but with duct tape over his dumb mouth. He has dirty dreams of the bombshell beauty where he bangs the crazy right out of her—nightmares of course. Anger isn’t the only thing heating up between these two. They think this is a battle only one of them can win… The growing attraction between them, though, seems to be far more stubborn than the two of them combined.
About K. Webster
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero… J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life. Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.


Cover Reveal: Cozen - Bethany-Kris

COZEN
by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic, Heist Romance
coz-en (kuz-uhn) verb 1. trick or deceive. • obtain by deception.
She was named most appropriately.
Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.
She has never failed.
A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.
Nothing is ever that easy.
Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.
The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.
But at what cost?
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From author Bethany-Kris comes a whole new world. A North American network full of criminals battling to stay on top, and painting the streets red in war as they dabble in the game of betrayal. Malicious, cunning, forbidden, and violent—welcome to The Empires and Badlands.


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EXCERPT

Then, he held out a black velvet box. It was the size of his palm with two tiny hinges on the other side. She didn’t immediately reach out to take the box, instead letting Sargon decide what she was supposed to do with it.
“A gift,” he said.
“From Jett.”
She didn’t even pose it as a question.
Sargon tried to smile, but it just ended up looking like a half sneer. “Yes, from Jett. Open it.”
Cozen flipped the top open on the velvet box, and eyed the golden piece resting inside on crushed velvet. Two thin ropes of gold connected by dangling gold bars. It was a simple design, but still beautiful. A piece that could be layered, or worn by itself.
“He thought,” Sargon said, “that it would match the ring on your thumb.”
Instantly, Cozen withdrew her hands from the necklace in the box, and covered the ring on her thumb to hide it.
“He notices everything,” Sargon added, “and he found that you don’t take the ring off. He figured you might like something to accentuate the ring, and compliment it at the same time.”
Well
Shit.
“It’s beautiful,” she said.
That wasn’t a lie.
“Would you like me to help you put it on?” Sargon asked.
The last thing Cozen needed was this man’s hands on her body. Her stupid desire spoke up before the rational part of her brain could.
“Yes, I would,” she said.
Cozen got a nice show of Sargon’s fast reflexes as he yanked the jewelry out with one hand, snapped the lid closed on the box at the same time, and in a blink, had discarded the box to his back pocket. Never once did he take his eyes off her.
Stepping closer, he moved behind Cozen, and allowed the necklace to dangle over her throat. At the first graze of his fingertips along her skin, she sucked in a fast breath. Her best bet was to talk while he worked as to keep her libido in fucking check.
“Sargon—where does that come from?” she asked. “The name, I mean.”
“Persian, mostly, and my bloodline comes from Iran.”
“Huh. And how did you come to work for Jett?”
Talking wasn’t really helping all that much. She could still feel his fingers sliding over the side of her neck where her pulse raced in her throat.
Sargon’s fingertips pressed softly into the spot, showcasing her traitorous emotions to him. To his credit, he didn’t mention a thing.
“He stumbled upon me, you could say,” Sargon murmured in her ear. “As most of my bosses do. I am—sort of—a jack of all trades. I never settle in one place for long, and there’s always something new on the horizon. It keeps me entertained and never bored, anyway.”
Cozen closed her eyes, and briefly sucked in a deep breath. She hoped it would help to settle her. It really didn’t. She was still just as turned on and unsettled by Sargon’s close proximity has she had been seconds before.
This man was going to be a problem for her.
A big one.
“Relax,” Sargon said behind her. “Calm your heart.”
“Perhaps you should stop touching me, then.”
“Ask me to, and I will.”
Cozen didn’t.
It was Sargon’s phone ringing that sent them two of the moving feet apart, but it was the caller who sent them out of the apartment.
Jett was waiting.
Cozen nearly forgot.
Sargon was dangerous, she knew.
In more ways than one.
ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.


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